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Sub-group A:
William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair (Professor Julia Kuehn)

(Tuesday, 10:30 – 12:20)

In this capstone course, the only primary text is above novel – all 878 pages of it! Vanity Fair is set during the Napoleonic Wars in the first two decades of the nineteenth century (and there are lots of soldiers and trips to the Continent) but it was actually published in 1847-48 when democratic upheavals shook various European countries. Industrializing, urbanizing, democratizing, European society was in a state of revolution: capitalism, class wars, changing morals, Empire! This was ‘new’, this was ‘modern’, and writers, including Thackeray, were contemplating what kind of novel would be appropriate for the age. A realist novel, outlining society in detailed ‘pen and pencil sketches’ (the initial subtitle of Vanity Fair)? A novel ‘without a hero’ (as the eventual subtitle would read)?

 

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Sub-group B:
Comparing grammars (Dr Dirk Noël)

(Tuesday, 10:30 – 12:20)

Students enrolling for this course should have a demonstrable background in grammatical description. You will immediately embark on an individual literature review project in which you compare how the two fundamental grammatical concepts of form and function are dealt with in a small sample of grammar books and/or introductions to syntax. They could be the latest editions of grammars and textbooks which are currently in use or you could compare modern ones with older ones. Depending on your degree trajectory, the project could be a contrastive linguistic one in the sense that it includes grammars for another language; e.g., if in addition to your English major you are majoring or minoring in Spanish, you could compare English and Spanish grammars, or incorporate introductory textbooks on syntax originally written in Spanish. You will demonstrate your eligibility for the course in Week 1 and present a detailed project proposal in Week 2. The course will subsequently guide you through the project, with oral and written project reports, and feedback, at different stages.

 

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Last updated: 18 July 2017