European Literature and Society
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Olga Sobolev CMK. C614 and Dr Angus Wrenn CMK. C614
Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.
Although an A-level pass or equivalent in Literature is useful, it is not an absolute requirement (especially for General Course students).
(a) Literary treatment of the major philosophical trends of the twentieth century, including the aesthetics of Bergson and Nietzsche, the analytical school of Russell; political philosophy of Isaiah Berlin, the existentialism of Heidegger and Sartre, the paradox of the absurd of Camus, French and East European Phenomenology; Wittgenstein and philosophy of language (b) Related trips to galleries and theatre productions during the year; (c) Use of archive recordings of authors, and video; (d) Students encouraged to draw upon background in their main discipline, and to read widely.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 8 hours of classes in the ST.
Two essays per year, presentations.
Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment & Notes from the Underground; Kafka Metamorphosis & The Trial; Nabokov Despair & Lolita, Celan Todesfuge and other poems; St-Exupery The Little Prince; Solzhenitzyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Camus L'Etranger & The Myth of Sisyphus; Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Frayn Copenhagen; Stoppard Dogg's Hamlet Cahoot's Macbeth
Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words) in the LT.
Department: Language Studies
Total students 2012/13: 24
Average class size 2012/13: 8
Value: One Unit
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills