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Key Texts of the English-Language Literature

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
School of Literature and Intercultural Communication
Course type:
Compulsory course
3 year, 1, 2 module


Bosnak, Dmitry V.

Course Syllabus


This course is supposed to introduce the 3rd-year students to some of the most influential works of the Anglophone literature, certainly without laying a claim to a full overview. It builds on General English in the previous years, but shifts the focus to literary analysis. This class also complements the survey course in European and American literature, taught in Russian, by providing an opportunity for a closer examination of the original works written in English. The class consistently supports the program’s special attention to close reading of literary texts. Finally, the course is predicated on the students’ previous knowledge of literary theory and develops it in the way of comparing the essential terminology in the Anglo-Saxon and Russian traditions of literary criticism.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to the crucial works of the Anglophone literature
  • Learning the Anglophone literary terminology
  • Practicing close-reading skills when discussing the relevant works in the original
  • Enrichment of the vocabulary of the course participants
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Analyzing John Donne's poetry
  • Analyzing key properties of the modernist prose: "stream of consciousness", synchronization, mythologisation
  • Analyzing Milton's epic poetry
  • Analyzing modern and postmodern drama
  • Analyzing modernist and contemporary poetry
  • Analyzing narrative techniques, metaphors and style of the 20th-century prose
  • Analyzing points of view in the 19th-century prose
  • Analyzing Raven in the context of Poe's oeuvre
  • Analyzing Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • Analyzing Shakespeare's tragedies
  • Analyzing the poetics of Whitman
  • Analyzing the Romantic rhetoric of sensation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • 20th-century prose 2
  • 20th-century prose 1
  • 19th-century prose
  • 20th-century drama
  • Shakespeare's drama
  • Modern and contemporary poetry
  • Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass
  • E.A. Poe
  • English Romanticism
  • Milton's Paradise Lost
  • John Donne
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class work
  • non-blocking Mini-lecture
  • non-blocking Terminology test
    Will be given in the LMS.
  • non-blocking Presentation on Modern/Contemporary Poetry
  • non-blocking Examination essay
    essays are to be submitted online
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.3 * Examination essay + 0.1 * Presentation on Modern/Contemporary Poetry + 0.1 * Terminology test + 0.3 * Mini-lecture + 0.2 * Class work


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bromwich, D. (2018). Whitman’s Assumptions: “Song of Myself,” in Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman. Social Research, 85(3), 503–519. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=132866181
  • Harits, I. W., & Sari, U. R. (2016). Myths in Edgar Allan Poes the Raven. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C7119312
  • Janel Mueller. (2018). John Donne : Selected Writings. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2240845
  • Milton, J. (2018). The Poetry of John Milton. [Place of publication not identified]: Portable Poetry. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1807511
  • Mohamemd Albalawi. (2017). The Search for True Love in John Donne’s “The Extasie.” Advances in Language and Literary Studies, (5), 9. https://doi.org/10.7575/aiac.alls.v.8n.5p.9
  • Nudžejma Durmišević. (2018). Plastic Theatre and Selective Realism of Tennessee Williams. Anafora, (1.), 95. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.7adb2dbadf9d45dcb46fd37381b4676d
  • Rodríguez Sánchez, B. (2017). A comparative study of the male characters in the tragedies of Shakespeare: Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsred&AN=edsred.10366.135777
  • Warsh, L., & Engh, C. (2018). Gale Researcher Guide For: William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads and The Prelude. [N.p.]: Gale, Cengage Learning. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1877561
  • Под ред. Толмачева В.М. - ЗАРУБЕЖНАЯ ЛИТЕРАТУРА XX ВЕКА В 2 Т. Т.1. ПЕРВАЯ ПОЛОВИНА XX ВЕКА 3-е изд., пер. и доп. Учебник для академического бакалавриата - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 430с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-08391-0 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/zarubezhnaya-literatura-xx-veka-v-2-t-t-1-pervaya-polovina-xx-veka-432062

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Arata, S. (2009). Henry James, “The Art of Fiction” (1884). Victorian Review, 35(1), 53–56. https://doi.org/10.1353/vcr.2009.0051
  • Ashton, J. (2005). From Modernism to Postmodernism : American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=149858
  • Bradshaw, J. (2019). A Concordance to the Poetical Works of John Milton. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1994691
  • Campbell, G., & Corns, T. N. (2008). John Milton : Life, Work, and Thought. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=265014
  • Davis, A., & Jenkins, L. M. (2015). A History of Modernist Poetry. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=961352
  • Edwards, D. L. (2001). John Donne: Man of Flesh and Spirit. London: The Athlone Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=265466
  • Fourcade, G., Garnier, M.-D., Healy, T., Hillman, R., Mathis, G., Raynaud, C., … Wilcox, H. (2017). La poésie métaphysique de John Donne. France, Europe: Presses universitaires François-Rabelais. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.4EB9FF53
  • Hatherell, W. (2006). “Words and Things”: Locke, Hartley and the Associationist Context for the Preface to Lyrical Ballads. Romanticism, 12(3), 223–235. https://doi.org/10.1353/rom.2007.0005
  • Jernigan, D. K. (2012). Tom Stoppard : Bucking the Postmodern. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=498953
  • Marla Lee Weitzman. (2015). Dorothea and the Written Word: Feminism and Heroism in Middlemarch. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8C1A6F68
  • McDonald, G., & Chinitz, D. (2014). A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Chichester: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=755923
  • McNabb, K. (2015). Discovering Poe as a Compositionist: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” and Process Theory. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.93AD68D9
  • Mudasir, M. (2014). Towards a Poetics of Postmodern Drama : A Study of Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=805832
  • Mueller, J. M., & Loewenstein, D. (2002). The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=120313
  • Mulvihill, J. (2006). George Campbell’s Philosophy of Rhetoric and Wordsworth’s “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BC44972D
  • Oliven, R. C. (2015). ’Thus conscience does make cowards of us all’ : the construction of soliloquies in Shakespeare. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F4781A47
  • Philips, P. A. (2015). Tennessee Williams’ “Plastic Theater” A Formulation of Dramaturgy for “The American Method” Theater. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E5C2F9A5
  • Schwyzer, P. (2007). Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=201088
  • Shaddock, D. (2019). A Universe between My Hat and Boots: Whitman’s Self as a Model for Empathic Connection. Psychoanalysis: Self & Context, 14(3), 323–333. https://doi.org/10.1080/24720038.2019.1621869
  • Smith, E. (2007). “Restless Explorations”: Whitman’s Evolving Spiritual Vision in “Leaves of Grass.” Papers on Language & Literature, 43(3), 227. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=26599284
  • Whitworth, M. H. (2010). Reading Modernist Poetry. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=313259
  • William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, & Fiona Stafford. (2013). Lyrical Ballads : 1798 and 1802. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2245658