Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code ASB06001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 英米文学研究
Subject Name
Subject Name in
British and American Literature
キド ミツヨ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  Second Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2nd) Weds5-6:IAS K205
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 05 : Literature
Eligible Students
Keywords British and American Literature, British and American Culture and History, Environment and Travel in Literature 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
・Knowledge and understanding of "Japanese and Japanese culture"  and "foreign languages and foreign culture" which are prerequisite abilities for communication with peoples in different culture and areas.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
In this class, students are expected to learn chronologically various authors and their works in English speaking countries through reading some of their passages or watching their film adaptations. They will also learn the historical and cultural backgrounds of British and American societies. In this semester, we will especially focus on the motif of travel, that is, how particular ideas, styles or cultures cross the ocean and influence each other, or how the same kind of movements differ in the UK and the USA, or how each writer tries to reach out to their culturally, ideologically, racially, or socially different "others."  
Class Schedule lesson1: Introduction--Basic information about literatures in English-speaking countries
lesson2: Shakespeare and The New World as a Utopia
lesson3: American Colonial Period and Religious Writing
lesson4: The Emergence of the Novel and Travel Motifs
lesson5: Gothic Literature and Exoticism
lesson6: Representing Nature in British and American Romanticism
lesson7: Tradition of American Romance: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville
lesson8: Jane Austin and British Class Society
lesson9: The City and the Country in Victorian Novels
lesson10: The American Civil War and Fiction of Realism: Mark Twain
lesson11: The Contrast of the New and the Old World: Henry James
lesson12: Modernism in Britain and America
lesson13: The Writers of the Lost Generation after WWI
lesson14: Contemporary English Literature as World Literature
lesson15: Wrap-up

Students are required to take a short review test in the last class and hand in an essay assignment at the end of the semester. 
Handouts are distributed. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Handouts, Films, Powerpoint 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Students are expected to review the handouts and understand the contents better after the class. A short quiz is based on some major writers and works introduced in class.  
Grading Method Students will be evaluated based on class attendance and a final short quiz (50 %) as well as a final Japanese essay about one book they choose among those introduced in class (50 %). 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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