課程資訊
課程名稱
當代英國小說
Contemporary English Novels 
開課學期
105-1 
授課對象
文學院  外國語文學研究所  
授課教師
陳重仁 
課號
FL7311 
課程識別碼
122EM3750 
班次
 
學分
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期二2,3,4(9:10~12:10) 
上課地點
外研三 
備註
本課程以英語授課。第三類。
限碩士班以上
總人數上限:20人 
Ceiba 課程網頁
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1051FL7311_lovenovel 
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課程概述

This course aims at instructing a contrapuntal reading of contemporary cultural theories and contemporary English novels and films based on or inspired by novels. All lectures, readings and discussions focus on how a contested identity is formulated and manipulated in intervening our imagination and fear of the post 9/11 era. Practices in class include lectures from the lecturer, group presentation organized by students and discussion orientated by the lecturer.

Course evaluation relies on students' in class participation, assignments, and contribution to class discussion. We’ll explore contemporary British novels (since the 1980s-5) that represent different strands of fiction and legacies of history, culture, and politics. The readings and films selected engage with social and class structures, racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender relations, and questions of national identity, and they present some variety in narrative tones, style, and structure.  

課程目標
This course put particular emphasis on class discussion that require every student take part in in-class discussion and an oral presentation. Written works include in-class discussion starter questions/comments, succinct journal entry on the assigned novel, a critical response, an exploratory essay, and a term essay (that may incorporate, revise, draw upon prior written work) on a topic and text(s) of your choice.

This course attempts to
1. introduce contemporary writers, novels and issues;
2. demonstrate how ideas of national identity, transnationality, globalization and multiculturalism can be applied to the textual analysis of literature and culture and a form of identity politics;
3. ponder over possible ways to broaden the traditional literary studies with the up-to-dated issues of the world we are living now.  
課程要求
The course takes the form of 3-hour seminar, conducted in English. Students are required to attend regularly and participate vigorously in the seminars. Students are to present on a topic of their choice and lead the discussion. A mini-conference will be held in the 17th week; a 10-15 page term paper is due before the submission date to be announced in class.

This course put particular emphasis on class discussion that requires every student take part in in-class discussion and oral presentation (once a semester). Written works include in-class discussion starter questions/comments (each week), succinct journal entry on the assigned novel or a critical response (those who are responsible for oral presentations), an exploratory essay (thesis 1 page, major works cited 1 page at the mini conference), and a term essay (that may incorporate, revise, draw upon prior written work) on a topic and text(s) of your choice.

1. Class participation: read the assigned articles before class and write a short passage of comments to present at each meeting to facilitate in-depth discussion. Active participation is expected.
2. Oral Presentation: a short presentation, an oral
presentation in the mini conference
3. Mini conference: you are expected to briefly illustrate
what you plan to do in the final paper with a 2-page-
exploratory essay at the 17th week.
4. A full research paper: (at least 10 pages for MA students, 15 for PhD students, works cited not included).
5. Regular attendance: 2 absences—without asking for
leave by email—will result in your failure in the course. 
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
 
參考書目
References:
Acheson, James, ed. The British and Irish Novel Since 1960. Basingstoke,
Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 1991. Print.
Benson, Stephen. Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale. Detroit: Wayne
State University Press, 2008. Print.
Bentley, Nick. British Fiction of the 1990s. London: Routledge, 2005. Print.
Berberich, Christine. The Image of the English Gentleman in
Twentieth-Century Literature: Englishness and Nostalgia. Aldershot,
Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2007. Print.
Boccardi, Mariadele. The Contemporary British Historical Novel:
Representation, Nation, Empire. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2009. Print.
Bradbury, Malcolm, and D J. Palmer, eds. The Contemporary English Novel.
New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1980. Print.
Bradford, Richard. The Novel Now: Contemporary British Fiction. Malden,
MA: Blackwell Pub, 2007. Print.
Childs, Peter. Contemporary Novelists: British Fiction Since 1970.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Print.
Clingman, Stephen. The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the
Nature of the Boundary. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.
Finney, Brian. English Fiction Since 1984: Narrating a Nation. Houndmills,
Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Print.
Gindin, James J. Postwar British Fiction, New Accents and Attitudes.
California: University of California Press, 1962. Print.
Head, Dominic. The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction,
1950-2000. Cambridge, U.K: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Print.  
指定閱讀
Assigned Readings (Tentative, to be confirmed in first class meeting):

Kazuo Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go (or The Buried Giant).
Ian McEwan. Saturday (or The Children Act).
Julian Barnes. The Sense of Ending.
Salman Rushdie. Midnight’s Children.
Hanif Kureishi. The Black Alum (or The Buddha of Suburbia).
Yann Martel. Life of Pi.
Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood.
Zadie Smith. White Teeth.
Mohsin Hamin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
P. D. James. Children of Men.
Alan Moore and David Lloyd. V for Vendetta. (graphic novel)
Xiaolu Guo. I am China.
Han Kang. The Vegetarian.
Ian Fleming. Casino Royale.
J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
J. M. Coetzee. Disgrace.
Graham Swift. Last Orders. 
評量方式
(僅供參考)
   
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
Week 1
9/13  Class Orientation: Urgent Issues in Contemporary English Novels
 
Week 2
9/20  Kazuo Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go.
 
Week 3
9/27  Kazuo Ishiguro. Remains of the Day.
 
Week 4
10/04  Ian McEwan. Saturday.
 
Week 5
10/11  Ian McEwan. Atonement. I
 
Week 6
10/18  Ian McEwan. Atonement. II
 
Week 7
10/25  Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending.
 
Week 8
11/01  Salmon Rushdie. Midnight’s Children. I
 
Week 9
11/08  Salmon Rushdie. Midnight’s Children. II
 
Week 10
11/15  Hanif Kureishi. The Black Album.
 
Week 11
11/22  Zadie Smith. White Teeth. I
 
Week 12
11/29  Zadie Smith. White Teeth. II
 
Week 13
12/06  Xiaolu Guo. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers.
 
Week 14
12/13  P. D. James. Children of Men.
 
Week 15
12/20  Alan Moore and David Lloyd. V for Vendetta. (graphic novel)
 
Week 16
12/27  J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Topics for mini conference/final paper due  
Week 17
1/03  Mini Conference / Final Paper Due Day Announced in Class