E.g., Wednesday, July 29, 2015
E.g., Wednesday, July 29, 2015
E.g., Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Critical examination of major & selected minor writers from the colonial period through Hawthorne & Melville. Covers the literary works; their background, their content, & their authors. But also an ability to interpret fiction, poetry, & nonfiction prose, also a familiarity with the terminology used by historians & literary critics.

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The module, whose title is “The ways of narrating: the Italian Novel of the Twentieth Century”, deals with the development of the Italian novel in the last century and focuses on its main authors and texts. Beside analysing in depth some leading figures of the Twentieth Century Italian novel, the video-lessons will get an insight into innovative narrative techniques and the author’s relationships with the literary tradition.

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In this course John Green from Crash Course is not only going to read some important and exciting books, but show us how to read!

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Adopting a comparative, interdisciplinary and inter-semiotic perspective, the module aims at an investigation of the contemporary narrative in it’s disparate expressions (literature, cinema, music).

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Apr 1st 2016

Reading, discussing, and writing about Oscar Wilde’s classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

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To earn the equivalent of a minor in English, you must complete two foundational courses in English composition, four broad introductory-level courses, and two upper-level courses.

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The English Literature Major is designed to cultivate a broad knowledge of the evolution of cultural and literary expression in English as well as an ability to critically engage with texts of all media.

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Jul 27th 2015

Explore why the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the 20th century’s leading writers in this free online course.

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Jun 29th 2015

A journey through the literature of English country houses from the time of Thomas More to Oscar Wilde.

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Jul 1st 2015

Reading, discussing, and writing about James Joyce’s short story collection, Dubliners.

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Mar 31st 2015

In this course, we will read ten significant premodern poems by women. We have chosen each poem to give you a sense of its structure as a poem and its importance as a form in its time. This course also reveals the roots each poem has in history, in slavery, in conventional thought and unorthodox opinion.

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Apr 6th 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have inspired generations of readers of all ages. Unlike most fiction for young readers published during the Great Depression, Wilder’s Little House books have never gone out of print. While they are uniquely American, they seem to cross cultural boundaries, and have been translated into dozens of languages, from German and French to Indonesian and Japanese.

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Feb 2nd 2015

Reading, discussing, and writing about Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus.

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The Medieval Period, or the Middle Ages, occurred between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the European Renaissance. In many ways, these “middle times” separate the ancient from the modern world, and although the Renaissance is traditionally touted as a period of particularly explosive creativity and cultural rebirth, we will discover that art and literature flourished in the Middle Ages as well.

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Mar 18th 2015

This module, the fourth installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, explores the work of Emily Dickinson. Although she never published during her lifetime, Dickinson ranks among the most prolific and widely-studied American poets.

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Mar 2nd 2015

This course is a short introduction to the rich and distinctive world of Australian literature, a world of ancient and modern forms of writing about a vast and varied continent. Explore the work of writers who have responded imaginatively to the unique landscapes of Australia and to its remarkable human history.

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Mar 2nd 2015

Explore how Much Ado about Nothing is performed and interpreted, from original stagings to the modern day, with this free course.

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Oct 20th 2014

The study of literary texts can be dramatically enriched if one takes into account the material form in which they are presented to the reader: print or non-print, book or magazine, manuscript or film adaptation, etc. In this course, we will focus on the relationships between text and medium, more precisely between the text and the other elements that may surround it (like illustrations) or between the text and the various material forms that shape it (like the digital hypertext format).

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