ENG3111 - Realism: from Reason to Sentiment in 17th and 18th Century Literature

Year of Study:3
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to survey a cross section of English writing between 17th century and 18th century. Students will be introduced to the relevant aesthetic and generic strategies for studying the transformation of the literary traditions in these two centuries. This module sets out to reveal the thematic concerns and genre transformation of literary work in this period, following roughly a chronological order, from the revival of classics to the rise of realist novel. Through an intensive study of a wide range of selected texts from Restoration to Augustan period, students will consider such material and relate it to the context in the light of the social and political changes in the period.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge and ability to identify and distinguish formal aspects as well as the literary, political and cultural contexts for the selected fiction from the period 1660 to 1780, and to apply the knowledge to interpretation of it;

  2. acquire a basic awareness of the range of fictional texts and the nature of novelistic traditions from the period 1660 to 1780 and to relate them to their historical context in order to understand the intersecting impulses and priorities characteristic of any given period;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify, discuss and apply relevant critical and theoretical concepts and terms, and to relate them to their appropriate historical and literary-historical contexts;

  4. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.

  5. use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.