Topics


  • Novels, poems, newspaper articles, essays, historical maps, and excerpts from literary criticism and urban studies

 

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Objectives


To encourage students to think critically about urban space and its depiction in literary texts; to examine the relationship between urban expansion and the development of the novel and other popular literary forms; to broaden students' understanding of popular culture; to improve reading, writing, analytical, and research skills.

 

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Organisation


There are three class-hours each week (Wednesdays 9:30—12:20). The first hour will be for consultations or tutorials, and in-class writing assignments, as required. The second hour will be a lecture hour. The third is for group discussions and textual analysis. Attendance is required at all sessions.

 

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Assessment


Assessment will be continuous and based 100% on coursework.

In-class writing assignments (four, each worth 10%)

40%

Critical analysis paper (topic to be chosen in consultation with instructor)

60%

 

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Texts


Required Readings & Online Materials:
1-2 novels for purchase, all other materials available on Moodle. The detailed list of texts will be published on Moodle. If you are not able to access Moodle, e-mail the instructor (gegould@hku.hk) for a detailed syllabus (available mid-December, 2017).

 

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Last updated: 19 July 2017