Course 2020-2021

Histoire des littératures et des civilisations anglophones I [LANGB003]

  • 3 credits
  • 30h
  • 1st quarter
Language of instruction: English

Learning outcomes

Understand the evolution of English literature in its various linguistic, political, social... contexts. Develop a sensitivity to the complexity of literature (genres, media, ideology, reception, etc.). Acquire the technical vocabulary of literary studies. Construct the foundations of a sound cultural literacy and literary erudition. Improve the student's knowledge of the English language in a wide range of uses, stylistic and historical variants, and help them to achieve level B1 (ELP).

Content

The course traces the evolution of English literature from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the Restoration (1660), aiming to understand it in its multiple historical contexts. The material is divided into three chapters: the Anglo-Saxon Period (including Beowulf), the Middle English Period (including Chaucer's Canterbury Tales), and the Renaissance (including Shakespeare). Several poems and extracts are used for illustration.

Table of contents

Introduction (1): space - Introduction (2): time - Introduction (3): what came before

(1) 400-1066: Old English Literature

  • Anglo-Saxon culture: the general context
  • Anglo-Saxon literature: the wider picture
  • "Caedmon's Hymn" (7th c.): an example of religious poetry
  • Beowulf (8th c.): an example of the secular epic
  • King Alfred (9th c.): an example of Old English prose

(2) 1066-1485: Middle English Literature

  • Middle English literature: the general context
  • Latin: a continuing presence
  • French: a new language, a new literary culture
  • The resilience of English
  • Chaucer (1343-1400): the final breakthrough of English
  • Medieval English drama

(3) The Renaissance

  • Renaissance: basic political facts
  • Renaissance: main concepts and features
  • The Reformation
  • Humanism and classically inspired genres
  • Drama
  • The sonnet
  • Lyrical poetry in the seventeenth century

Teaching methods

Les modalités d'enseignement et d'évaluation des unités d'enseignement ont été rédigées en fonction de la situation à la rentrée académique 2020-2021. Cependant, ces modalités pourraient faire l'objet de modifications en fonction de l'évolution de la crise sanitaire liée à la covid-19. Les étudiants seront informés de toute modification de la situation générale (passage à l'enseignement à distance partiel ou complet) par les autorités de l'UNamur tandis que les modifications propres à chaque unité d'enseignement leur seront communiquées par les enseignants, via webcampus

Taught lectures involving active participation of the students, who will have previously studied the relevant chapter or the text indicated in advance. The teacher briefly summarises the main ideas of the section under study; questions are asked and answers given in both directions; additional examples and more food for thought are provided. Given the teacher's interactive approach it is imperative for students to prepare lectures in advance.

Evaluations

Les modalités d'enseignement et d'évaluation des unités d'enseignement ont été rédigées en fonction de la situation à la rentrée académique 2020-2021. Cependant, ces modalités pourraient faire l'objet de modifications en fonction de l'évolution de la crise sanitaire liée à la covid-19. Les étudiants seront informés de toute modification de la situation générale (passage à l'enseignement à distance partiel ou complet) par les autorités de l'UNamur tandis que les modifications propres à chaque unité d'enseignement leur seront communiquées par les enseignants, via webcampus

For students in Germanic languages and literatures: oral exam (20 minutes, in English, question sheet drawn at random, preparation time 20 minutes).

For other students: written examination.

Detailed information on both exams (including a model of the question sheet) will be posted on WebCampus.

Recommended readings

Dirk Delabastita, A Map of English Literature I (lecture notes University of Namur).

No specific readings beyond this handbook are required, but students are encouraged to consult the Internet for extra background and to enhance their personal understanding.

Language of instruction

English

Location for course

NAMUR

Organizer

Faculté de philosophie et lettres
Rue de Bruxelles, 61
5000 NAMUR

Degree of Reference

Undergraduate Degree