English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 15: Narrative: Theory and Practice

Course content

Departing from standard notions of mimesis and moving gradually into some of the most recent theories concerning the mechanisms and effects of literature, we will look at the principal constituents of narrative prose and examine the interplay between form and content, beginning and ending, voice and characterization, language, ambiguity, indeterminacy and discuss the engagement of the author and the reader with the text. We will study both verbal and visual works from different parts of the Occidental English speaking world: the Grand Narrative, self-reflexive and experimental stories and the so-called ‘post-postmodern’ novel of the twenty-first century.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

Provisional reading list:

P. Cobley, Narrative (2001); E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847); P. Auster, The Invention of Solitude (1982); J. Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot (1984); J. Safran Foer, Here I Am (2016) along with a selection of shorter theoretical and narrative texts that will all be uploaded to ABSALON in due course.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1A + 1B, Free Topic 2A + 2B and Free Topic 3A + 3B.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75