Upon successful completion of the course students:
1)will have understood the concept of “classic”/ “major” authors and the cultural significance attributed to them,
2)Will have acquired the capacity to relate the era in which the authors produced their works with our own and to observe interpretational differences in the process of an author’s reception in cultures that are radically different from the one in which he/she wrote,
3)Will have acquired sufficient knowledge about a specific major author to be able to teach this author in a school situation,
4)Will have acquired an overview of a major author’s research field and will be able to carry out academic research on that author.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on authors who have been recognized as major or significant in English and American Studies. Writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Joyce, Melville, and Toni Morrison, among many others, have been studied for many years (or centuries) as representatives of a historical era, a particular kind of literature, a movement, or a new style of writing. The course may deal exclusively with one such author or with a number of major authors that are linked by a common theme. The choice of the author(s) to be studied is likely to change each time that the course is offered, depending on the expertise of the instructor or team of instructors who will teach it. Therefore, the syllabus and bibliography changes as well. For example, a course on Shakespeare may focus on the forms of political power in his plays and its relation to the early modern period, or on the change of meaning effected when Shakespeare’s plays are translated and staged in cultures that are radically different from the culture in which they were initially produced.
Major authors, classic authors, English Literature, American Literature
Students are evaluated on the basis of their in-class oral presentations, their weekly written reports, and a final research paper in a relevant area of their choice. In this final paper they are expected to demonstrate their ability to understand, evaluate and apply key concepts that have been discussed during the semester. The criteria applied by the instructor in evaluating the students' oral and written work include: (a) the correct and fluent use of English on an academic level, (b) the degree of originality of his/her ideas in relation to the bibliography cited, (c) the ability of the student to address a specific audience (d) the ability of the student to distinguish between related ideas and disagreements among scholars, and (e) to take a position with the necessary documentation. The student's final grade is calculated on the basis of the following percentages:
1. In-class oral presentations and weekly written reports: 40%
2. Final research paper: 60%