HENB01431U English - Culture 1: Literature, History and Culture
The LIHC 1 module consists of two overlapping and interconnected parts (outlined below). The history part is concerned with contemporary historical issues, and is placed in the first 7 weeks of the semester. It consists of 1 weekly lecture and a 2-hour seminar. The literature part is concerned with literature and textual analysis, and runs for the entire 14 weeks of the semester. It consists of 1 or 2 weekly lectures and a 3-hour seminar. Both the history and literature parts are organised around thematically focused lectures tied to the seminars, in which further discussion of the themes from the lectures will take place.
Taking its lead from a series of case studies, the history part employs a range of primary and secondary texts. These case studies, concentrating on the modern and contemporary period, will be introduced in lectures and further explored in seminars. A variety of themes will be included, among them: cultural and language aspects of globalisation; migrations and the varied impacts of decolonisation; the clash between consumption, nature and environment; war in the Anglophone world; and race and gender relations. Listening and note taking in lectures, reading and preparation for seminars, and participation in seminar discussions, will help develop critical thinking, written and oral communicative skills, as well as basic and essential academic competences. The seminar texts related to the lecture themes will encourage you to engage in critical thinking about themes that are to be further explored in LIHC 3 (module 6).
The literature part of the module focuses on literature, textual analyses, and close readings. We will consider a selection of modern and contemporary Anglophone literary texts from a variety of genres. You will also study the features and mechanisms of literary texts in detail. Through discussion, analysis, and hands-on exercises, you will deepen your understanding of genre, narrative perspective, characterisation, and the relationship between form and content; metre, rhythm, and rhyme in lyrical texts; and metaphor, metonymy, and simile. You will also expand your academic vocabulary and get a firmer grasp of the many concepts involved in literary studies, as well as the skills required in textual analysis, that will be fundamental to this and subsequent courses in the curriculum.
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- 15 ECTS
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