Introduction to European Literature
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
27 March 2019
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. Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, trans. Marcus Musa (London: Norton Critical Editions, 1977). Excellent notes, as in all Norton editions.
2. Jean Racine, Phèdre, Dual Language Edition, trans. Margaret Rawlings (London: Penguin, 1992). Bilingual edition, in which Racine's original alexandrines can be seen. Translated by an actor, who has taken into consideration the text's speakability and breathability by a modern actor. Also look at Phedre, trans. Ted Hughes (London: Faber, 1998) for a reworking by one of the great poets.
3. Pierre Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro (1778), in Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro in The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, trans. John Wood (London: Penguin, 1964).
4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, trans. David Constantine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
5. Friedrich Schiller, The Robbers, in The Robbers and Wallenstein, trans. F.J. Lamport (London: Penguin, 1979).
6. Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot (1835), trans. A. J. Krailsheilmer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999 and later editions).
7. Nikolai Gogol, 'Diary of a Madman' (1835), '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)
8. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double, in Notes from Underground and The Double (London: Penguin Classics, 2012).
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)
One hour lecture and one hour seminar
- Gogol, Nikolai Vasil'evich. (1995) Overcoat and the Nose: Penguin Books.
- Cohn, J. (no date) ''Don't Trust Anybody, Not Even Us': Kafka's Realism as Anarchist Modernism', in Studies In Twentieth And Twenty-First Century Literature. vol. 35 (2) , pp.295-315
- David F. Bell. (no date) '"Thérèse Raquin": Scientific Realism in Zola's Laboratory', in Nineteenth-Century French Studies: University of Nebraska Press.
- Greenfield, Sumner M. (1955-12) 'Poetry and Stagecraft in La casa de Bernarda Alba', in Hispania. vol. 38 (4) , pp.456-
- (2008) Vita Nuova, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Garcia Lorca, Federico; Edwards, Gwynne. (2007) House of Bernarda Alba, London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.
- Kafka. (2010) Metamorphosis, Beijing: People's Literature Publishing House.
- Lépine, Jacques-Jude. (1994) 'Phaedra's Labyrinth as the Paradigm of Passion: Racine's Aesthetic Formulation of Mimetic Desire', in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture. vol. 1 (1) , pp.47-62
- Zola, Émile; Thorpe, Adam. (2014) Thérèse Raquin, London: Vintage Classic.
- Petrarch. (2006) Canzoniere: Carcanet Press.
- Alexandra K. Harrington. (2013) 'MELODRAMA, FEELING, AND EMOTION IN THE EARLY POETRY OF ANNA AKHMATOVA', in The Modern Language Review. vol. 108 (1) , pp.241-
- Le Doeuff, Michèle. (2010-03) 'Beauvoir the Mythoclast', in Paragraph. vol. 33 (1) , pp.90-104
- Beitchman, Philip. (©2011) The theatre of naturalism: disappearing act, New York: Peter Lang. vol. v. 185
- De Beauvoir, Simone. (2009) The Woman Destroyed: Harper Perennial.
- Hattingh, Herselmann. (1995) 'Being and the dialectics of irony: A reading of some of Milan Kundera’s novels', in Literator. vol. 16 (2) , pp.95-121
- Racine, Jean; Rawlings, Margaret. (1991) Phèdre, New York: Penguin Books. vol. Penguin classics
- Dolske, Gwendolyn. (2014-02-17) 'Existential Destruction: de Beauvoir's Fictional Portrayal of Woman's Situation', in Women's Studies. vol. 43 (2) , pp.155-169
- Picone, Michelangelo. (1998) 'Theories Of Love And The Lyric Tradition From Dante's "Vita Nuova" To Petrarch's "Canzoniere', in Romance Notes. vol. 39 (1) , pp.83-93
- García Lorca, Federico; Maurer, Christopher; Brown, Catherine. (2002) Collected poems, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- Mann, Thomas. (2009) Tonio Krger: Echo Library.
- Kafka, Franz; Hofmann, Michael. (©2017) The burrow: posthumously published short fiction, [London], UK: Penguin Classics.
- Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna; Thomas, D. M. (2009) Selected poems, London: Vintage Classic.
- Gillespie, Gerald. (1992) 'Mann and the Modernist Tradition', in Approaches to teaching Mann's Death in Venice and other short fiction, New York: Modern Language Association of America. vol. Approaches to teaching world literature
- (2012) 'Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832): The German Bildungsroman', in The Cambridge companion to European novelists, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Cornwell, Neil. (2006) 'Chapter 7 ‘Kafka: Otherness in the labyrynth of the absurdity’', in Absurd in Literature, Manchester: Manchester University Press., pp.184-198
- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Constantine, David. (2012) The sorrows of young Werther, New York: Oxford University Press. vol. Oxford world's classics
- Shephard, R. (1989) 'Tonio Kröger and Der Tod in Venedig: From Bourgeois Realism to Visionary Modernism’', in Oxford German Studies. (18-19) , pp.92-108
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
||Essay (2,000 words)
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Joanna Rzepa
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Prof Duncan James Salkeld
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
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