This course focuses on the literature of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, by examining a selection of poetry, prose and drama from one of the richest periods of English literature. From tales of chivalry, Arthurian adventure, and romance to religious mysticism; from lyrical love poetry to witty satire and bawdy humour, this period has near-unrivalled diversity and depth, and is crucial for understanding much of how English literature develops in subsequent centuries.
This course introduces students to a variety of theoretical discussions about literature, culture, and aesthetic practice - from Platonism, existentialism, and formalism to Marxism, structuralism, deconstruction, and feminism. While a portion of the class concerns the historical roots of literary and cultural theory, the major focus is twentieth and twenty-first century "theory" and its application to the study of literature. Students thus examine the various recurrent themes, or problems, that continue to be debated in literary and cultural studies such as the autonomy of the artist/author, the nature of aesthetic value, the relationship between text and context, the arbitrariness of the sign, the definition of the sublime, the establishment of literary "canons".
In this course, students study various aspects of Modern English, a language in constant and exciting flux, governed by systems we often know intuitively but cannot always explain. Students learn about the systems that govern the way we write, though it should be noted that this is not a remedial grammar course. Rather, students gain a deeper understanding of the modern English language and hone their own writing style by studying grammar and style in a variety of contexts.
This course is a survey of important texts in children's literature in English. It examines current and historical attitudes towards children and explores how the literature reflects, reacts or comments upon these attitudes. It also introduces students to the development of children's literature and to significant works. Finally, the course also develops students' ability to read children's literature critically.
This course aims to help students improve their oral communication and oral interpretation. It includes voice production appropriate for various forms of literature and for public speaking. The course begins with how the voice is produced and progresses with various specifics of prose and poetry, scripted and improvisational speaking, and the effective delivery of dramatic literature (reader's theatre and theatrical monologues). DRMA 247 concentrates on individual student presentations of both original and scripted material.