The Three Ages in English Literature: Youth, Adulthood, and Old Age from Shakespeare to the Present Day
dr. R.W.H. Glitz
A high level of written and spoken English. Some familiarity with literary texts.
At the end of the course the student can:
‘The Three Ages in English Literature’ is designed for students with no academic background but a keen interest in Anglophone literature. If your English is good and you enjoy reading, thinking, and creatively engaging with literature of any genre, this will be the right course for you. In every class, we will train some of the basic close-reading and argumentation techniques used in the field of literary studies but also venture farther into some of the cultural debates that inform our chosen texts. We will do this with a particular topic in mind, namely the conception, representation, and occasionally also political implications of age and the ageing process in the various texts under investigation. What does ‘growing up’ mean in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, for instance, and how does it relate to political authority? How did childhood come to be idealized in Wordsworth’s Romantic poetry and what were the socio-cultural consequences of its widespread elevation? What happened to middle age in Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby? And how does Elizabeth Strout’s novelistic short-story sequence Olive Kitteridge conceptualize the life course as a whole? In order to answer these questions we will regularly draw on academic work from a variety of age-related disciplines, although the main focus of the course still remains literary and directed towards our primary texts themselves.
There will be five 300-word mini-essays with a pass/fail grade, one graded in-class exam in session 6, and a graded final essay assignment (1500-2000 words).
One Shakespeare play (Henry IV) and two novels need to be bought by students (at ca. 40-50 Euros in total), the rest of the material will be made available for free.
The schedule will be available on Datanose
Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 1, 10 am - June 4, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS (registration is NOT through SIS)
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There is NO guarantee for placement if you register AFTER June 4, so make sure you apply on time!
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