Topics


The form and development of Bildungsroman in the late nineteenth and twentieth century; the relation between the novel and society; characterization and fictional representations of social life; aesthetic and ethical possibilities of the novel; complexities of cross-cultural experiences

 

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Objectives


This course enables students to examine essential features and developments of the novel from the late nineteenth to the twentieth century. It will help students to develop a strong historical sense and a cross-cultural perspective. Through close reading of literary texts and critical practices, it also aims to heighten students’ keenness of perception, disciplined scrutiny, and effective critical expression.

 

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Organisation


There will be one double-hour and one single-hour class per week. There is also an ongoing moodle forum for information and discussion, where students can share their views and questions with each other and with the instructor. There is thus a substantial interactive element to this course, and students are expected to participate in class and moodle discussion.

 

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Assessment


Class and Tutorial Attendance, Participation, and Short Reading Quizzes – 15 percent
Term Paper 1 – 30 percent
Term Paper 2 – 40 percent
In-Class Essay/Exam – 15 percent

 

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Texts


Core Texts
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Hualing Nieh, Mulberry and Peach

 

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Last updated: 8 March 2017