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Characters : from Evolution to Metamorphosis - Sem 2

2016-2017

Faculté des Lettres & Sciences Humaines ( FLSH )

Code Cours :

1617-FLSH-LCE-EN-4009


Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
S2Anglais
Professeur(s) responsable(s)
Intervenant(s)Pas d'autre intervenant

    Ce cours apparaît dans les formations suivantes :
  • Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines - Master 2 Langues, Civilisation Etrangère - Anglais - S4 - 8 ECTS
    Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines - Master 1 Langues, Civilisation Etrangère - Anglais - S2 - 8 ECTS
    Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines - Master 1 Langues, Civilisation Etrangère - Anglais - S2 - 8 ECTS
    Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines - Master 2 Langues, Civilisation Etrangère - Anglais - S4 - 8 ECTS
    Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines - Master 1 MEEF mention 2nd degré Anglais - S2 - 8 ECTS

Pré requis


International students taking this class should already have a good knowledge of English Literature


Objectifs du cours


COURSE DESCRIPTION:


* Mythical Heroes, Emblematic Figures


* Heroes and Anti-Heroes,


* Beyond the Individual Character


Contenu du cours


Many characters in English literature have taken on a life of their own through the centuries and in many different cultures. They have become emblematic figures, adopted by several authors in literature, film, comics, television and advertising. Examples include: King Arthur, Robin Hood, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Jane Eyre, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Scarlett O’Hara, Huckleberry Finn etc.


In this class we shall ask why and how fictional characters outgrow the works which created them and examine examples of this phenomenon.


It is interesting to note that not only heroes, but also villains and anti-heroes may become mythical, Shakepeare's Falstaff or Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon are prime examples.


While, traditionally, writing fiction meant creating heroes or, at the very least, protagonists, since the mid-20th century this is no longer necessarily the case. The use of multiple narratives or viewpoints of a single situation has led to forms of the novel or short-story where the characters do not provide the focal point and may even be said to disappear.



Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours


Lectures: 2 hours per week ECTS credits: 5




EVALUATION:


Students will be requested to write a detailed research paper on one of the set books for their coursework. The final exam will be an oral.


Méthodes pédagogiques


    Évaluation


    Bibliographie

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      SET BOOKS:||
      Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You, New York, Ecco, 2014.||
      William Shakespeare, King Lear||
      Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||
      T.H. White, The Once and Future King||
      Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility




     
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