课程名称：英国文学 British literature
British literary history covers the development of British literature over time, specifically focusing on how literature reflects public sentiment and how literature has been a vehicle in progressing the English language.
Through analysing literary sources, students will discover how literature and the role of the author have changed from the time of the Roman invasion to early-mid 20th century postcolonialism. Each lesson has an individual focus from within a broader period, thus students are gradually exposed to the themes of historical periods of time over two or three lessons. By the end of the course students will be able to understand how key events in British history shaped British literature and, ultimately, public thought.
Over the duration of the course students will acquire analytical skills and be repeatedly exposed to literary lexis that will form the basis of the discussions, roleplays, debates and historical investigations they will engage in during class. By understanding British historical knowledge and considering historical circumstances when assessing works of literature, students will have a deep-rooted understanding of the factors that influenced writers throughout British history. Students are required to read a piece of British literature over the duration of the course, coming to class each week with several observations from their reading that week. At the end of the course, students will submit a source analysis essay on their chosen book. Additionally, students will be assigned writing assignments periodically over the course. These are designed to assess and develop analytical sub-skills such as critical reading, independent thinking, language analysis and inferred meaning. Students that are able to comprehend the interaction between texts, language and historical significance with prominent scholarly conclusions will achieve high grades.