Chapters from British Literature and Culture (Fejezetek a brit irodalom- és kultúrtörténetből) in spring 2015
Czigányik Zsolt/Farkas Ákos, Mon 10:00–11:30, Thu 14:30–16:00, R414, R414, host: DES (R338)
5-credit lecture, 60 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-ANGD-A1 A2 A3 A4
description & set texts
The course intends to give a broad overview of literary, cultural and social phenomena related to modern Britain. The topics will be discussed with the aim of shedding light on the intellectual history of the 20th century with its antecedents through the lens of literary studies and its relationship both to the sister arts (especially the visual arts and music), and to social sciences and philosophy. A question we will ask (and hopefully, at least partially answer), is whether literature and art in general reflect or shape our social reality. Issues of modernism, post-modernism and contemporary culture will be discussed alongside with problems of narratology, fictionality and political ideologies, including utopianism. Detailed schedule with a reading list will appear shortly.
requirements & assessment
Students are expected to take part in the lectures and discussions. Two in-class tests (quiz cum essay) will be written; one in the middle, another one at the end of the term. Those students not writing satisfactory tests will have an option to take an oral exam. Students volunteering to perform a presentation during the course will be able to have one of the test marks replaced with the evaluation of the presentation (provided the latter is considered valuable).

Recommended literature

Kirby, Alan. Digimodernism. London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Esp. Chapter 2 The Digimodernist Text ">

Ronen, Ruth. Possible Worlds in literary theory. CUP, 1994.Esp. Introduction and Ch 1

Ihab Hassan, “Toward a Concept of Postmodernism” (From The Postmodern Turn, 1987) see:

Sargent, Lyman Tower. “Three Faces of Utopianism.” Utopian Studies 5, no. 1 (1994): 1–37.

Vieira, Fátima. “The Concept of Utopia.” In Gregory Claeys (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature. Cambridge: CUP, 2010.

Sargent, Lyman Tower, Contemporary Political Ideologies, Belmont: Wadsworth, 2009.