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Literature in English
“Literature is what keeps us from shrivelling into something completely superficial. And it takes us out of ourselves, too… It reminds you of standards: standards of elegance, of feeling, of seriousness, of sarcasm, or whatever. It reminds you that there is more than you, better than you.”
~ Susan Sontag
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This course aims to give students a working understanding of stylistics so that they may employ stylistic techniques in their own work.
Stylistic analysis is the identification and description of style features in written (and spoken) language to explain how such stylistic features evoke particular feelings and responses, intended by the author, in the mind of the reader (or listener). The discipline relates linguistic facts (linguistic description) to meaning (interpretation) in as objective and explicit a way as possible, given that some stylistic techniques can be indirect and have a subliminal effect. In short, we aim to understand how skilled authors subtly influence the delivery of meaning.
Session 1: Eugene O’Neill: Long day's journey into night
Session 2: Arthur Miller: The Crucible
Session 3: Tennessee Williams: Night of the Iguana
- Fostering reading for pleasure – a vital part of language acquisition
- Cultivating good reading habits for personal growth
- Identifying their children’s language learning needs and addressing them
- Designing practical follow-up activities leading to the target learners’ long-term language development
• An introduction to the elements of fiction: setting, characterization, plot, theme(s), and point of view;
• An introduction to the characteristics of four subgenres within Fiction: Biblical parables, fairy tales, fables, and Greek myths;
• An explication of how the five elements of fiction function in the four genres;
• A discussion of a set of ready-made teaching materials (written by the course tutor himself) and how they can be used in the classroom
• An introduction to the elements of poetry: figures of speech (metaphors, similes, personification); rhyme and rhythm; voice, speaker, and listener;
• An introduction to three different types of poetry: narrative poems, dramatic poems, and lyric poems;
• An explication of how the elements of poetry function in these three types of poetry;
• A discussion of a set of ready-made teaching materials (written by the course tutor himself) and how they can be used in the classroom.
From classical Greek drama to contemporary theatre, the stage has always been an integral part of the human experience. The course looks at selective moments in the history of drama in which certain playwrights benefited fully from the history of the genre and yet departed so radically from that history. Exploring the content as well as the form of their dramatic works provides key insights into some of the most important societal and cultural issues of both past and present.