Introduction to British and American Novels
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
English, Literature, Literatures in English
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
When we think of the novel, we usually expect it to be ?realistic.? But where does this
expectation come from? During this course we will study the history of the novel through
a realistic lens and focus on the following questions: how do you define the novel?; what
formal features are involved in this definition?; what kinds of social and cultural contexts
influenced these formal features? We will see that there is great variation in what it
means to represent reality/ a real life of society and approach the novel from different
angles. Our readings will not only include classic realist novels, but we will deal with a
darker and more violent version of reality. We will look at what happens in urban and
rural environments and explore the rise of consumer culture, the idea of the American
Dream, and the complications that come into play when we include the factor of racial
and gender consciousness. Focusing on how authors interact with the everyday, the way
the past reemerges in the present, and how our different experiences complicate what is
familiar, we will discuss what the novel can offer us and how this affects the way we
view the world. In doing so, the course will help you to develop the skills of close
reading and independent interpretation of literary texts.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Baz Luhrmann (dir.). F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (film)
Other materials will be given in handout.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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