To get acquainted with the literature of English-speaking countries in a broader sense, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. To approach the oeuvre of selected writers/literary works in depth, according to the chosen focus (different every year). To provide knowledge of the variety of literatures of English-speaking countries, as well as their cultural contacts. To get an insight into the most recent literary trends on the basis of literatures of English-speaking countries.
Brief description of the course
Most important literary methods and trends in cultural theory (modernism, realism, existentialism, postmodernism, feminism, postcolonial theory, memory and trauma studies, ecocriticism, animal studies, health humanities, new materialism, transmodernism) with a stress on the culture of English-speaking countries and their peculiarities. The most recent literary forms (blog, graphic novel, fanfiction, the network novel and their intermediality, i.e., interaction with other media, such as art and film) will not be overlooked. The choice of writers varies, according to the thematic focus, which is topical at the given moment, as well as the research profiles of the lecturers and interests of the students. Among the literatures handled in the course are British, American, Irish, Scottish, Indian, Anglophone Caribbean, Canadian, African, Australian, New Zealand, etc. The approach to the writers’ oeuvre will be based on selected works and placed in a wider cultural, political, literary-historical and theoretical context. Lectures and seminars, group discussions, group work, analytical essays.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- the student orients in the literature of English-speaking countries in a broader sense, comprehends the global literary and cultural contacts and related issues, peculiarities of specific Anglophone literatures as well as their mutual influences and enmeshments;
- is able to place the literary material into a wider context, establish connections between historical, cultural and political processes and their reflection in literature;
- is able to understand and analyse various poetics of literary texts in English, express their opinion, observations and conclusions in discussions and written analyses (essays);
- has polished teamwork and referencing skills, is well able to work with academic sources.