English Literature: From Romanticism to Modernism

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    English Literature: From Romanticism to Modernism

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    WP 1010 LE Introduction to Academic Writing
    WP 1111 LE Integrated Academic Writing and Ethics
    WP 1212 LE Academic Writing and Research 

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

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

    Development of contextual understanding of representative texts of English literature from the early nineteenth century to War World II. Analysis of a range of major authors and works within their cultural and philosophical contexts.

    This course focuses on the evolution of literary movements and conventions from 1798 to 1939. The course is a requirement for all English literature students as it provides a foundation for upper-level period courses on Romanticism, the Victorian period, and British Modernism. The course also presents the major cultural, philosophical, and social events that had a direct impact on the representative works chosen for further intensive study and textual analysis at Level 6.

    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Identify major traits and trends in representative literary texts of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods;
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the literary conventions evident in representative texts of each period;
    3. Analyse and compare the contribution of individual authors and works to the development of literary movements within the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods;
    4. Formulate close readings of texts in order to trace the development of the cultural, philosophical and social ideas in representative works of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods;
    5. Demonstrate ability to select appropriate secondary material in support of textual analysis of representative works of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Lectures, class discussions, workshop-style pair work and group work during class meetings;
    • Formative exercises and online learning tasks through the Blackboard online tools designed to help students acquire confidence and benefit from independent study;
    • Additional print and audiovisual educational material posted on the Blackboard course template;
    • Timely instructor feedback on assignments;
    • Other relevant educational material placed on reserve in the library;
    • Individualized assistance during office hours for further discussion of lecture material, additional reading, assignments and examinations;
    • Close collaboration with the Library and SASS to encourage students’ effective use of academic support    


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