Introduction to British and American Novels

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to British and American Novels

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Required Texts:
    Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
    Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Toni Morrison, Beloved
    Secondary Text:
    Baz Luhrmann (dir.). F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (film)
    Other materials will be given in handout.

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