800139 :Literature as Social Knowledge

Algemeen

Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 2 sessions per week - classes in 6 weeks (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Paper (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Niveau:Bachelor
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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Docent(en)


prof. dr. O.M. Heynders


Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)


The student will:
  1. get knowledge of theories on modernisation in western societies
  2. get knowledge of theories on narrative and framing
  3. learn how to approach, understand and analyse societal issues such as captitalism, consumerism, industrialization
  4. learn how to distinguish various disciplinary methods and how to combine them
  5. get insight into literary strategies of (re)presentation
  6. get insight in different reading strategies such as close reading (philology) and distant reading (digital humanities)
  7. learn how to write a convincing essay on a topic in this area.

  8. Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

    The aim of this interdisciplinary LAS course (literary and cultural studies, history, sociology, philosophy and economics) is to explore and understand the ways in which literature, in particular the realist novel, develops and criticises the concept of the bourgeois or the middle class from the 19th onwards. The hypothesis of the course is that in literary novels the bourgeois as a middle class citizen, or as an ‘ordinary’ human being, is portrayed, and in this description capitalism and modernity are represented, reshaped and critiqued.

    By analysing and interpreting literary works, and studying social, economic and historical theories we will discuss the phenomenon of the bourgeois in modern industrialised society, and we will observe how he has disappeared in the globalised consumer culture of the 21st c. 

    We will read (parts of) 6 novels by canonised literary authors. These texts can be considered our data or corpus. We will connect these works to various historical and sociological theories. Subsequently, several reading methods will be implemented: close reading and distant reading. Regarding the latter, we will also go into the possibilities and challenges of research done in the context of e-humanities.

    The main question addressed in the course is: how has the bourgeois transformed in the last two centuries from a middle class, polite and hard working, serious citizen into a consumerist, pleasure-seeking individual (if he can be characterised at all in the current society).







    Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS FOR LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES STUDENTS ONLY!

    STUDENTS CAN ONLY ENROLL BY FILLING OUT THE ONLINE WEB FORM CREATED FOR THIS PURPOSE
    They will be informed about this by e-mail. Students will be allocated to the available courses on a 'first come, first serve' basis.


    Verplichte literatuur

    1. Parts of Deirdre McCloskey, Bourgeois Dignity (2010).
    2. Parts of Franco Moretti, The Bourgeois (2013).
    3. (Parts of) novels by G. Flaubert, Charles Dickens, Thomas Mann, A. Camus, Dave Eggers and M. Houellebecq.
    4. Reader of texts and excerpts of literature in a shared dropbox


    Mogelijk interessant voor

    • Liberal Arts and Sciences ( 2015 )
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Social Sciences ( 2014, 2015 )
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2014, 2015 )
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Business and Management ( 2014, 2015 )
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2014, 2015 )

(18-jul-2017)