|Module title||History of British literature before 1900|
|Module lecturer||prof. dr hab. Liliana Sikorska|
|Faculty||Faculty of English|
Duration: 30h + 15h
Module aim (aims)
The major aim of the lecture in History of British literature after 1900 is to extend the students’ knowledge of literature as well as to present the most important aspects of the historical, social, cultural and literary contexts, in which the texts discussed during the lectures were created. The lectures facilitate the understanding of the literary works and develop students’ ability to interpret them. After attending the lecture in the summer semester, the students should know the major trends in British literature, the most important writers of particular literary periods and their major achievements. They should also be able to present their ideas in a written form. The participants should be able to analyze source materials in English.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Good knowledge of English; Knowledge of literature representing other cultural and linguistic regions.
Week 1: Renaissance Comedy: Types and examples
Week 2: Renaissance history plays and tragicomedies
Week 3: Puritans and their literature: John Milton and John Bunyan
Week 4: Restoration: Introduction, John Wilmot’s (earl of Rochester’s) poetry
Week 5: Theatre and drama of the Restoration
Week 6: Philosophical and cultural foundations of the Enlightenment
Week 7: The beginnings of English novel: Formal realism and the first novelists
Week 8: Anti-novels and other parodies
Week 9: The Gothic: Art, literature and architecture
Week 10: Pre-Romantic poetry
Week 11: Lord Byron’s poetry
Week 12: Romantic novels: Conventions and themes, Frances Burney, Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth and Sir Walter Scott
Week 13: Romantic novels: William Godwin, James Hogg and Thomas Love Peacock
Week 14: Introduction to Victorian culture: Industrial Revolution and Darwin’s evolutionism in literature
Week 15: Victorian realism: Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray
Week 16: Victorian poetry
Alexander, Michael. 2000. A History of English Literature. New York: Continuum.
Barron, W.R.J. 1990. English Medieval Romance. London: Longman.
Fraser, Hilary with Daniel Brown. 1996. English Prose of the Nineteenth Century. London: Pearson Education.
Kelly Gary. 1996. English Fiction of the Romantic Period. London: Longman.
Leggat, Alexander. 1998. English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590-1660. London: Longman.
Mehl, Dieter. 2001. English Literature in the Age of Chaucer. London: Longman.
Parfitt, George. English Poetry of the Seventeenth Century. London: Longman.
Poplawski, Paul. (ed.). 2008. English Literature in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sikorska, Liliana. 2007. A Short History of English Literature. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie.
Sikorska, Liliana (ed.). 2007. An Outline History of English literature in Texts. Vol. 3. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie.
Swanton, Michael. 1987. English Literature before Chaucer. London: Longman.
Waller, Gary. 1998. English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century. London: Longman.