Course Title : British Literature and Culture
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ELL 411-1 B 1 4 0 0 4.00 6
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Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English
Course Level
Description This course examines an overall reflection of the British literature from the Old English period up to the XXth century, including English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish writers. Their works and the social and political context of the period they belong to will be the witness that literature has become key factor to rebuilding national and cultural identity of the British
Objectives Students: will get familiar with several literary periods and different genres of British literature and compare them; will discuss and distinguish the different cultural elements of British society; will examine various literary works (mainly novel and drama, poetry will not be examined wholefully) under the political and cultural point of view, and according to the stylistic characteristics of each writer
Course Outline
1Introduction to English Literature. English Invasion. Old English and Middle English period in language and culture; The Roman invasion. Medieval Literature: Beowulf epic poems ; G. Chaucer’s The Canterbury tales,
2Discussions on Old English Period and Middle Ages Literature; English Renaissance and Age of Reason: J. Milton;
3Pre-Shakespearean drama: Ch. Marlowe: Dr Faustus ; W. Shakespeare_ Life and Works - Plays _ Language difficulties;
4W. Shakespeare: Hamlet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, The twelfth night, Romeo and Juliet
5W. Shakespeare: comparisons of the main characters in his plays_ Critical attitudes and analysis
6Metaphysical poetry: Social, economic and literary characteristics _ J. Donne; A. Marvell; R. Herrick
7Elizabethan Period ; Puritan Age and Restoration Age – the fall of drama
8Revising and Mid-term Exam
9Classic Poetry: J. Dryden; Victorian Poetry: Browning; Bronte; Wordsworth; Romantic Poetry: Byron; Burns, Blake ; Shelley; Keats;
10The Age of Enlightenment: the Classics: J. Swift: Gulliver’s Travel;; and D. Defoe: Robinson Crusoe;
11Post-Victorian Age, the herald of modernism : O. Wilde: The importance of being Ernest;
12Swift’s Gulliver VERSUS Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe VERSUS Wilde’s Ernest ; Literature within the World Wars _
13Modern Literature : D.H. Lawrence: The Horse Dealer's Daughter; V. Woolf: A profession for women;
14Stream of Consciousness Technique : G.B. Shaw: Mrs Warren’s profession; J. Conrad: Heart of Darkness;
15Impressionism of J. Joyce: Ulysses; Thriller of G. Greene: The comedians; Theatre of absurd: S. Becket: Waiting for Godot
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1 Knowledge acquisition about different genres of British literature.
2The analyze of literary texts based on cultural theories.
3Examination of various English works based on their political, social and cultural background.
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects110
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade50
Contribution of final examination to overall grade50
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16464
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14342
Assignments 11515
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11515
Other 155
Total Work Load 151
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 6.04

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