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    Socio-cultural Issues in English Literature
    ENGL A232
      More information: Course Guide
    Socio-cultural Issues in English Literature
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2019
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2021
    Quota and Schedule
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2019
    Middle 2 terms 10
    Spr 2021

    Course Coordinator: Chase Ma, BA, MPhil (CUHK)

    Course Developer: Prof. Antony Tatlow, University of Dublin

    Designed for students who have completed the foundation level of English literature studies, this course will introduce students to examples of pre-contemporary English literature, from roughly the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, which address social issues within a widely defined British culture. Students will read and analyse a wide range of writing in various genres: narrative, drama and poetry. This course will provide opportunities for face-to-face tutorial discussions with the tutor and fellow classmates.

    The course aims to examine how literary texts engage with their societal and cultural surroundings, and how interpreting these texts will cause the reader to question their own firmly held sense of self.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Reading and writing as sociocultural- and self-construction

    • Charles Dickens’ Hard Times and social desire

    • James Joyce’s Dubliners and cultural stagnation

    • G B Shaw’s Pygmalion, class and language

    • Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, modernism and the cultural frame

    • Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, imperialism and the colonial mind

    • Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, desire and the social unconscious

    • Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol and social degradation

    • T S Eliot’s The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land, and cultural disorientation

    • The imagination and its environment

    Learning support
    There will be regular two-hour tutorials.

    There will be three assignments, one oral presentation to be submitted via the OLE and a final examination.

    You will need access to a computer with a broadband connection to the Internet and a microphone for recording your own voice. Please also note that you may be required to download and install some free software to your computer in order to record your oral presentation to be submitted via the OLE.

    Set book(s)
    There is no set textbook for this course. Students are required to obtain and study all of the set texts discussed in the course. The full list of texts will be provided to the students in the course materials.

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