Introduction to European Literature
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
22 March 2022
Requisites for this module
This module introduces students to major European writers. The works selected are novels, novellas, short stories and plays, all of which are significant on a European scale because they sparked particular movements, or were representative of crucial moments in literary innovation.
Works are studied in a chronological order to convey the development of literary genres, forms, styles, contents and ideas. Ranging across German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian literatures, the module explores how authors from different nations contributed to a larger sense of European literature.
Although the texts are studied in translation, students wishing to read them in the original language are welcome to do so. Students are also encouraged to compare different translations of the same work.
The aims of this module are:
1. to provide students with an introduction and overview of a selection of major European writers
2. to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the role of key European works in sparking or representing particular movements or crucial moments in literary innovation.
3. to provide students with an understanding of the development of European literary genres, forms, styles, contents and ideas.
After successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. identify major European writers and works which had a significant impact on the development of European literature
2. critically appraise and evaluate the role of the selected European works in contributing towards literary innovation.
3. have a chronological understanding of the development of key European literary genres, forms, styles, contents and ideas
4. investigate, compare and critically evaluate the ways in which different European authors have contributed to a larger sense of European literature.
1. Dante’s Vita Nuova trans. By Mark Musa Oxford University
2. Jean Racine, Phèdre, Dual Language Edition, trans. Margaret Rawlings (London: Penguin, 1992)..
4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, trans. David Constantine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
6. Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin (1867), translated by Adam Thorpe (Vintage Classics, 2014)
7. Nikolai Gogol, 'The Nose' (1835-36), 'The Overcoat' (1842), in The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (London: Granta Books, 2003 and later editions)
9. Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (1915), trans. and ed. Stanley Corngold (Norton Critical Edition) (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 and later editions)
10. Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) a selection from
11. Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba (1936) trans. By Gwynne Edwards Methuen Drama Modern Plays, 2007.
Poetry from Lorca: ‘Dance of Death’ from Poet in New York
12. Simone de Beauvoir, The Woman Destroyed (1967) trans. by Patrick O’Brian Harper Perennial, 2009.
Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 2-hour class
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Formative: Essay Plan and Introduction
||Academic Portfolio (2x 500 word text analysis plus 2,000 word Essay)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Mary Mazzilli, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Mary Mazzilli
LiFTS General Office - email email@example.com.
Telephone 01206 872626
Dr Doug Haynes
University of Sussex
Reader in American Literature and Visual Culture
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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