This course focuses on they ways in which literary representations of the human subject reflect diachronically altering ideas regarding concepts such as the individual, identity, and subjectivity. We take into consideration the socio-historical context within which a literary work emerges and is subsequently received and consumed, and examine parameters such as gender, social class, and space, as well as the role of history, narration and art in the constitution, formation, and representation of the subject. Students become familiarized with the critical reading of literary works and their characters, tracing the mechanisms behind the construction of the self and the Other. They also learn to identify the ways in which literature subverts the stereotypical assumptions of any given society and the factors that impede the personal growth and self-determination of the individual. Textual analysis focuses on nineteenth-century texts as well as on works of neo-Victorian and contemporary literature.
Expected learning outcomes
Final exam and optional research paper and/or oral presentation