Course: British Literature 2

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Course title British Literature 2
Course code KAJ/4134
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Kyllar Václav, Mgr. Bc.
  • Kolinská Klára, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
This literary course continues to develop the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous lit. modules. This time it focuses on key stages in the development of British literature in the periods of Romanticism and the Victorian Era, approx. from pre-Romantics to Revolutionary Romanticism of John Keats, from Dickens to the beginnings of Modernism (Early Modernism). In seminars students work with literary texts assigned to them by instructors. The main aim of this course is to acquire new knowledge and skills and classify them properly within the given literary period, further analyse and interpret these texts and thus deepen their interpretative skills.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to continue the introduction of students to systematic study of British literature, and to provide a chronological survey of its historical development. The time range covered by this course content is framed by the 18th century, and the end of the 19th century. Special focus will be on the discussion of the period of the Enlightenment and neo-classicism, and a detailed discussion of the rise of the novel as a prominent genre of "national literature," the period of Romanticism, and literature of the Victorian era. The course examines selected works by some of the most influential writers of the time periods in question, and discusses them in view of the social and cultural contexts in which they were created. The objective of the course is thus to develop students' literary-historical consciousness, and to train them in the ability to read literature critically and express qualified judgments in both oral and written forms. The course will combine a lecture format, supplemented with examples (textual, visual, possibly audiovisual extracts) with a seminar one, i.e. class discussions over the individual topics indicated on the syllabus and specific textual examples.
At the end of this literary module students will be able to - present the knowledge acquired at lectures and seminars and show understanding of the main issues of this literary period; - put individual authors more precisely into certain literary periods, discuss authors and their works and be able to interpret and assess them; - connect the acquired knowledge from the area of literature with the knowledge and skills acquired in cultural studies modules; - compare and evaluate the works of individual authors, often belonging to different period of lit. development; - prove their awareness of basic lit. theoretical terminology; - to formulate a problem task and be able to elaborate a critical essay according to instructions/or a project/; - use arguments and anchor their opinions in relevant critical literature; - to work in a team of 3-4 students learn how to cooperate, divide roles inside the group/team with the aim to fulfil the assigned tasks (oral/written ones). - apart from the acquired knowledge and skills prove also their ability to use their creativity, imagination, and critical thinking
- Successful completion of previous literary modules (English Literature for Children and Youth, British Literature 1) - Basic knowledge of literary terminology - Ability to prepare regularly for seminars by reading the assigned weekly portion of primary literature (fiction, poetry, drama)

Assessment methods and criteria
for single-subject students - Active class participation and presence in class (max. 2 absences) - Knowledge of the assigned readings, preparation for their analysis in class (presence will not be given if student is not able to clearly demonstrate this) - Oral presentation on an assigned topic - Mid-term essay (thesis has to discussed in advance and requirements given at the start of the seminar met) - Final credit test for double-subject students: - Active class participation and presence in class (max. 2 absences) - Knowledge of the assigned readings, preparation for their analysis in class (presence will not be given if student is not able to clearly demonstrate this) - Oral presentation on an assigned topic - Final in-class credit test
Recommended literature
  • Abrams, M. H. The Norton anthology of English literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006.
  • Carter, R., & McRae, J. The Routledge history of literature in English Britain and Ireland. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Daiches, D. Critical history of English literature. Secker and Warburg Ltd., 2005.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter