Genre Studies (Lecture Course)

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genre Studies (Lecture Course)

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Students take BOTH sections of ENG203
    Section 1:
    This section aims to introduce students to a variety of literary forms and genres. Focusing on the transformations of the novel, students will examine the ways in which literary conventions influence the interpretation and creation of texts. Students will also encounter examples of the periodical essay, literary criticism, and life writing in order to explore debates around genre, and to understand the ways in which literature borrows, mutates and innovates.

    Section 2: Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
    This section will consider the emergence of a realist aesthetic in nineteenth-century fiction, and its importance as a genre of literary experimentation and social commitment. Writers striving for a modern realism created social environments and character psychologies derived from contemporary scientific and social theories such as social Darwinism. Some writers wanted social justice for the poor or exploited; others, to represent the processes of nature and the randomness of chance. In realist fiction, happy endings, where the good are rewarded and the bad are punished, are often less certain. Texts will be drawn from English literature and French literature in translation.

    Section 1 Texts:

    Required Reading
    Texts below are available in the college bookstore or will be made available on Blackboard
    Aphra Behn, Oronooko (Oxford: World?s Classics) Daniel Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year Jonathan Swift, ?Battle of the Books? (Blackboard) Addison and Steele, Selections from the Tatler and the Spectator (Online / Blackboard) Laurence Sterne Tristram Shandy (Oxford: World?s Classics)

    Section 2 Texts:

    George Eliot, Silas Marner (1861) (Oxford UP) [Also online at]
    Guy de Maupassant, Pierre et Jean (1887) (Oxford UP, transl. Julie Mead)
    Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) (Oxford UP)
    Short stories by Emile Zola ('The Flood', 'The Death of Olivier Becaille') and Guy de Maupassant ('Boule de Suif') (available free online).

    Assessment: Mid-term Assessment & End-of-Semester Assessment

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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