Expected learning outcomes:
•ability to map and interpret literary movements and their social-political dimension through the reading of selected literary and historical texts
•familiarization of students with the broad cross-section of writers working in the years
•familiarization of students with theoretical texts and ability to connect them with the literature examined
•ability to discuss and present (in oral and written form) literary and theoretical issues in a confident and intelligent manner
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course gives students the opportunity to study the ways in which society and its forms of expression are linked. Based on the assumption that literature is reflecting, but also to a large extent shaping society’s political beliefs and culture, the reading of literary texts in this course will attend closely to the historical, political, social and economic contexts in which the literature is embedded. Drawing from a wide range of literary movements and historical periods, students will explore questions such as: How are political events and tensions reflected in literary texts and influenced by literary developments? How do literature and culture influence or underpin the political world? How does literature illuminate historical changes? What happens when literature gets censored and sponsored, employed as propaganda and used for protest? By the end of the seminar term, students will be expected to have developed a thorough understanding of the ways in which literature plays a powerful part within society.
literature, society, politics, culture, history, censorship, propaganda