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Translation: syllabi 2018/19 (archive)

Year 1 and 2

1st year
1st semester

Idiomatic and Stylistic Features of the Croatian Language (A. Peti Stantić, I. Bašić) 5 ECTS
Translation of Scientific and Academic Texts
(S. Veselica Majhut, N. Pavlović) 5 ECTS
Translation Theory
(N. Pavlović) 6 ECTS
Translation and intercultural communication (S. Veselica-Majhut) 5 ECTS

2nd semester
EU and International Organizations (N. Pavlović) 5 ECTS
Prevoditelj i računalo
(M. Tadić, I. Simeon) 5 ECTS
Sociolinguistics (D. Kalogjera, A. Starčević) 5 ECTS

Political and Legal Institutions in Croatia and English Speaking Countries (S. Veselica-Majhut) 5 ECTS
Post-editing and machine translation quality assessment (N. Pavlović) 4 ECTS


2nd year

3rd semester
Pragmatics (M. Stanojević) 5 ECTS
Cognitive Linguistics and Translation (M. Stanojević) 5 ECTS
Areas of the Translation Profession
(V. Zgaga) 5 ECTS
Lexicology and Lexicography (J. Čulig) 5 ECTS
Translation and intercultural communication (S. Veselica-Majhut) 5 ECTS

4th semester
MA Thesis 11 ECTS
EU and International Organizations
(N. Pavlović) 5 ECTS
Political and Legal Institutions in Croatia and English Speaking Countries
(S. Veselica-Majhut) 5 ECTS
Post-editing and machine translation quality assessment (N. Pavlović) 4 ECTS
Research in linguistics and translation studies: planning and methodology
(N. Pavlović, M. Stanojević) 4 ECTS


° Ac. year 2011/12

° Ac. year 2012/13

° Ac. year 2013/14

° Ac. year 2014/15

° Ac. year 2015/16

° Ac. year 2016/17

° Ac. year 2017/18

Note: In Courses archives: Year 1 and 2 are listed as 4 and 5; Semesters 1, 2, 3, and 4 are listed as 7, 8, 9 and 10.

TEFL: syllabi 2018/19 (archive)

Graduate programme – Master of Education in English Language and Literature
Course Description 2018/19

Year 1 and 2

Double-major programme
1st year
1st semester
Process of Language Acquisition (Geld, Letica Krevelj) (3 ECTS)

2nd semester
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Geld, Čengić) (4 ECTS)

2nd year
3rd semester
Practicum 1 (Geld, Čengić) (2 ECTS)
Bilingualism (Geld, Letica Krevelj) (5 ECTS)
Application of cognitive linguistics in learning and teaching L2 (Geld) (elective) (5 ECTS)

4th semester
Practicum 2 (Geld, Čengić) (3 ECTS)
Graduation Thesis (10 ECTS)


* ELECTIVE COURSE: Language and cognition: from theory to application (Geld) (elective, graduate course open to all graduate students of English) (4 ECTS)
In the ac. year 2018/19 students can take Pragmatics or Psycholinguistics in selecting an elective course that is obligatory (within the 15 ECTS earned through ELT courses) (check Programme Requirements).

Note: Beginning with the academic year 2016/2017, single-major TEFL Program will not be carried out. This change was approved by the Department on 1 June 2016.


° Ac. year 2011/12

° Ac. year 2012/13

° Ac. year 2013/14

° Ac. year 2014/15

° Ac. year 2015/16

° Ac. year 2016/17

° Ac. year 2017/18

Note: In Courses archives: Year 1 and 2 are listed as 4 and 5; Semesters 1, 2, 3, and 4 are listed as 7, 8, 9 and 10.



Linguistics: syllabi 2018/19 (archive)


Year 1 and 2

1st year
1st semester

Academic Writing 1
(Hoyt) (5 ECTS)

Lexicology and Lexicography (Čulig) (5 ECTS)
Syntactic Theories (Zovko Dinković) (5 ECTS)

2nd semester
Linguistic seminar: Semantics
(Čulig) (5 ECTS)

Linguistic seminar: Discourse Analysis – language of communication technologies (Grubišić) (5 ECTS)
Cognitive linguistics (Žic Fuchs) (5 ECTS)

Academic Writing 2
(Hoyt, Raše) (5 ECTS)
Historical Sociolinguistics (Hoyt) (5 ECTS)
History of the English Language (Stanojević)
(5 ECTS)

2nd year
3rd semester
English Across the World (Josipović Smojver) (5 ECTS)
Psycholinguistics (Zovko Dinković) (5 ECTS)
Syntactic Theories (Zovko Dinković) (5 ECTS)
(Starčević) (5 ECTS)
Pragmatics (Stanojević)
(5 ECTS)

4th semester

MA Thesis (15 ECTS)

° Ac. year 2017/18
° Ac. year 2016/17

° Ac. year 2015/16
° Ac. year 2014/15

° Ac. year 2013/14
° Ac. year 2012/13
° Ac. year 2011/12

Note: In Courses archives: Year 1 and 2 are listed as 4 and 5; Semesters 1, 2, 3, and 4 are listed as 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Literature and Culture: syllabi 2018/19 (archive)

Year 1 and 2


1st and 3rd semester
Courses available for students enrolled in the 1st and 3rd semester
(A = American, B = British)

Modern British Novel and the British Empire (Knežević) (B) (20th c.) 6 ECTS
Milton (Brlek) (B) (Early Modern Lit.) 6 ECTS
A Historical Survey of the Fantastic in British Literature
(Polak) (B) (Early Modern) 6 ECTS
Images of American Politics in Literary and Visual Media
(Šesnić) (A) (20. st.) 6 ECTS
The History and the Paradigms of American Studies 1
(Grgas) (A) (20th c.) 6 ECTS

Pre-Raphaelitism (Jukić) (B) (19th c.) 6 ECTS


2nd and 4th semester
Courses available for students enrolled in the 2nd and 4th semester
(A = American, B = British)

The United States Now (Grgas) (A) (20th c.) 6 ECTS
Ethics and Aesthetics of British Modernism (Domines Veliki) (B) (20th c.)

The History and the Paradigms of American Studies 2 (Šesnić) (A) (19th-20th c.) 6 ECTS
Literature and the Visual: American Film, Narrative Theory and Psychoanalysis (Jukić) (A) (20th c.) 6 ECTS
Cultural Aspects of American Neoliberalism (Cvek) (A) (20th c.) 6 ECTS
Narrative DissemiNation of Australia
(Polak) (B) (20th c.) 6 ECTS
Theory and History of the Novel in English (Knežević) (B) (19th-20th c.) 6 ECTS
Anglophone Modernist Women’s Writing
(Klepač) (B) (20th c.) 6 ECTS


° Ac. year 2017/18

° Ac. year 2016/17

° Ac. year 2015/16
° Ac. year 2014/15
° Ac. year 2013/14

° Ac. year 2012/13
° Ac. year 2011/12

Note: In Courses archives: Year 1 and 2 are listed as 4 and 5; Semesters 1, 2, 3, and 4 are listed as 7, 8, 9 and 10.



Courses Archives – Undergraduate Programme 2018/19

(ac. year 2018/19)

1st YEAR
1st semester
Contemporary English Language 1 (exercises)
Introduction to the Linguistic Study of English
Introduction to English Literature 1

2nd semester

English Syntax 1: Word Classes
Contemporary English Language 2
Introduction to English Literature 2


2nd YEAR
3rd semester

Contemporary English Language 3

4th semester
Analysis of English Texts
English Syntax 2: The Sentence

3rd YEAR
5th semester

Cultures of the USA and the UK
Semantics of the English language

6th semester
Phonetics and Phonology

Translation Exercises


Literary courses – Semester 3 and 5 (Winter) 2018-2019
(A=American literature, B=British literature)

Alternative Worlds in Contemporary British Fiction (Polak) (B) (20th c)
American Postmodernism and Popular Culture (Cvek) (A) (20th c.)
American Women’s Writing in the Nineteenth Century (Šesnić) (A) (19th c.)
British Romanticism: poetry (Domines Veliki) (B) (19th c.)
Creating Place Out of Space: Early Australian Literature (Klepač) (B) (19th c.)
Contemporary American Novel (Grgas) (A) (20th c.)
Victorian Literature: Genres and Issues (Knežević) (B) (19th c.)
Victorian novel. Poetics and Politics (Jukić) (B) (19th c.)

Literary Courses: Semester 4 and 6 (Summer) 2018-2019
(A=American literature, B=British literature)

The Anthropocene in British and Australian Fiction and Film (Polak) (B) (20th c)
American literature and Culture II: African American Literature: 1800-Present (Sawin, guest professor) (A) (19th-20th c.)
Twentieth Century American Poetry (Grgas) (A) (20th c.)
American Short Story
(Cvek) (A) (19th/20th c.)
The American Bildungsroman of the 19th and the 20th Century
(Šesnić) (A) (19th/20th c.)
American Modernism
(Tutek) (A) (20th c.)
Beginnings of the Modern Novel in the 18th-century England (Polić) (B) (Early Modern Lit.)

British Romanticism: prose (Domines Veliki) (B) (19th c.)
Contemporary Canadian Literature in English (Polić) (B) (20th c.)
Cool Britannia? British drama in the period 1956 – 2008 (Klepač) (B) (20th c.)
Shakespeare (Brlek) (B) (Early Modern)
The Nineteenth-Century English Novel
(Knežević) (B) (19th c.)
Victorian Literature and the Transformation of the World in the Nineteenth Century (Jukić) (B) (19th c.)


° Academic year 2017/18

° Academic year 2016/17

° Academic year 2015/16

° Academic year 2014/15

° Academic year 2013/14

° Academic year 2012/13

° Academic year 2011/12


* Notes:

  1. Introduction to the Linguistic Study of English is a prerequisite for enrolment in Syntax 1: Parts of Speech.
  2. For students who enrolled in Year 1 of Bologna studies in the academic year 2005/06: students select one course from literary courses offered for the 3rd semester. Until the 6th semester, apart from Introduction to English literature and Shakespeare, students must enrol in one literary course in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th semester (the total of five literary courses during undergraduate studies). One of the remaining three elective courses, be it British, American or Anglophone (Australian, Canadian, Irish), must be labelled as a 19th-century course and one as a 20th-century course.
  3. For students who enrolled in Year 1 of Bologna studies in the academic year 2006/07 and later: Students enrolled in the 3rd and 5th semester select elective literary courses from the course list for the 3rd and 5th semester. Students enrolled in the 4th and 6th semester select elective literary courses from the course list for the 4th and 6th semester. Selection principle: one course in Early Modern literature or one course in Victorian literature; one course in British or American 20th-century literature; one course in British literature; one course in American literature. Each course fulfils two criteria (century + national literature). Introduction to English literature is the 1st semester obligatory course. Students must pass this course to enrol in any subsequent elective literary courses.
  4. Former title of the course Cultures of the USA and the UK was Societies and Cultures of the English-speaking World
  5. Beginning with 2015/16, the obligatory course “Introduction to the Study of English Literature“, held in the first semester of undergraduate study, is replaced with a modified obligatory course “Introduction to the Study of English Literature 1“. There is also a new obligatory course in the second semester, the “Introduction to the Study of English Literature 2“. This change in courses was approved by the Faculty Board on the 17th July 2015. Students who have taken the course Introduction to the Study of English Literature before 2015/16 and have failed it, must now enrol into both introductory courses.
  6. For students who enrolled in Year 1 of Bologna studies in the academic year 2015/16: Regular attendance and active participation in Introduction to English literature 1 is a minimal prerequisite for the enrolment in Introduction to English literature 2.
  7. For students who enrolled in Year 1 of Bologna studies in the academic year 2015/16: Students enrolled in the 3rd and 5th semester select elective literary courses from the course list for the 3rd and 5th semester. Students enrolled in the 4th and 6th semester select elective literary courses from the course list for the 4th and 6th semester. Selection principle: one course in Early Modern literature or one course in Victorian literature; one course in British or American 20th-century literature; one course in British literature; one course in American literature. Each course fulfils two criteria (century + national literature). Introduction to English Literature 1 and Introduction to English Literature 2 are Year 1 obligatory courses. Students must pass both courses to enrol in any subsequent elective literary course.


Beyond the 49th Parallel: Many Faces of the Canadian North (eng)


Beyond the 49th Parallel : Many Faces of the Canadian North / Au-delà du 49ème parallèle : multiples visages du Nord canadien, Évaine Le Calvé-Ivičević and Vanja Polić (eds.). Central European Association of Canadian Studies. Brno: Masaryk University Press, 2018.

The volume is a collection of essays on the different issues regarding the North, as observed from the perspective of Canadian studies. Since Canada as a whole can be considered the “North,” the volume includes a scope of multidisciplinary texts that question a whole range of “Norths” in the past and present, and in a variety of areas, from founding narratives to land management policies and social issues, to literature and other artistic genres. Each of these areas highlights a different kind of “nordicity” for, beyond geography, “the North” embraces a wide scope of meanings and symbolic values. Divided into five parts, the contributions in this volume provide a kaleidoscopic presentation of topics in this vast explorative project of the equally vast space that is the North.

The History and Paradigms of American Studies 2 (Šesnić, 2019)

Course title: The History and Paradigms of American Studies 2 (A, 19th c./20th c.)
Instructor: Dr. Jelena Šesnić
ECTS credits: 6
Status: elective (obligatory for American Studies majors in the 2nd semester)
Enrollment requirements: enrollment in the 2nd and/or 4th semester

Course description: This course is a companion course to the History and Paradigms of American Studies1 which investigates the origins of the discipline of American Studies. Since the 1970s, however, the discipline has undertaken to interrogate some of its main premises based on the changing conceptions of U.S. society and the nation-state. Even though the revisionist interventions began to be felt already in the 1970s, we will posit as a starting point of our inquiry a methodological break observable in the 1980s as “ideology” becomes a necessary accompaniment of any AS inquiry. The next historical break—the end of the Cold War in 1989—indicates another momentous shift as we follow the developments thereafter. These will demonstrate the efforts by so-called New Americanists to devise contesting models of American culture, while the emphases in their agendas may differ, as our readings will show. In the process of revising American Studies various theories have been made use of, ranging from New Historicism to poststructuralism, to ethnic/ race, feminist and gender studies to Marxism and cultural studies to transnational perspectives. In the process it becomes evident how each new methodology in the discipline invents, as it were, a new conception of “America” as its object of study while ur-theories and underlying conceptions in the discipline of AS show great resilience and attest to the discipline’s continuity. In the last part of the course the foregoing theories will be tested on an array of texts. The course is obligatory for AS majors and elective for other English MA students.

Course requirements: regular attendance, participation in class discussions, mid-term and final test (continuous assessment), presentation in class, written assignments and a final seminar paper

Syllabus (alterations possible):

Primary works:

1. Henry David Thoreau: Walden (1854). Multiple copies in the library; begin reading from session one.
2. Joel and Ethan Coen: True Grit (film; 2010)
3. Bruce Springsteen: selection
4. Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography (1790?). Available in the library; start reading early.

February/ March

Week 1: Laying the ground for (new) American Studies: disciplinary premises and theoretical frameworks (Castiglia: from The Practices of Hope). Begin reading Walden.

Week 2: Castiglia: cont. Ideology and readings of American artefacts in the 1980s and beyond: H. D. Thoreau: Walden (1854). Exemplary approaches to Walden: 1. Michael Gilmore: “Walden and the ‘Curse of Trade’”

Week 3: Gilmore: cont. Exemplary approaches to Walden: 2. Lawrence Buell: “Walden’s Environmental Projects”

Week 4: Exemplary approaches to Walden: 3. Stanley Cavell: from The Senses of Walden. Individual project 1.

Week 5: Ideology and readings of American artefacts: revision of the frontier myth: Joel and Ethan Coen: True Grit (2010). 1. Richard Slotkin: from Gunfighter Nation.


Week 6: CEEPUS guest lecturer: Professor Reka Cristian (University of Szeged). Topic: tba.

Week 7: Revisions of the frontier myth: 2. Patricia N. Limerick: from Something in the Soil; Neil Campbell, from Post-Westerns: Cinema, Region, West.

Week 8: Ideology and readings of American artefacts: identity approaches (race, ethnicity, gender, class and religious identities): African American studies. Mid-term test.

Week 9: CEEPUS guest lecturer: Professor Aleksandra Izgarjan (University of Novi Sad). Topic: tba.

Week 10: Chicano and Latino studies. Individual project 2.


Week 11: Asian American studies.

Week 12: Case study 1: Bruce Springsteen: masculinity, religion, ethnicity, nationalism. Selection from Womack et al., ed., Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream

Week 13: Case study 2: Charles Murray, from Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

Week 14: Case study 3: Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography (1791, 1793; Shapiro). Seminar paper deadline.


Week 15: Benjanim Franklin, cont. Castronovo: “Benjamin Franklin and Wiki Leaks.” Final test. Course evaluation.

Additional reading

– Bercovitch, Sacvan, and Myra Jehlen, eds. Ideology and Classic American Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986.

– Buell, Lawrence. The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture. Cambridge and London: The Belknap P of Harvard UP, 1995.

– Campbell, Neil. Post-Westerns: Cinema, Region, West. Lincoln and London: U of Nebraska P, 2013.

– Castiglia, Christopher. The Practices of Hope: Literary Criticism in Disenchanted Times. New York: New York UP, 2017.

– Cavell, Stanley. The Senses of Walden. An expanded ed. Chicago and London: The U Chicago P, 1992.

– Limerick, Patricia Nelson. Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West. New York, London: W.W. Norton, 2000.

– Murray, Charles. Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2000. New York: Crown Forum, 2012.

– Rowe, John Carlos, ed. A Concise Companion to American Studies. Malden, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

– Shapiro, Stephen. The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel: Reading the Atlantic World System. University Park: The Pennsylvania State UP, 2008.

– Slotkin, Richard. Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1992.

– Womack, Kenneth, Jerry Zolten, and Mark Bernhard, eds. Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream. Farnham, Brulington: Ashgate, 2012.

A course reader with assigned readings will be provided on Omega.



African American Literature: 1800-Present (2019)

Course title: African American Literature: 1800-Present
Instructor: Prof. Mark Metzler Sawin, PhD (visiting scholar)

ECTS credits: 6
Language: English
Duration: Semester 4, 6 summer – CONDENSED COURSE, April-June 2019
Status: elective
Enrolment requirements: completed Introduction to English Lit/Introduction to English Lit 1 and 2


download syllabus (.PDF)

In the first chapter of his monumental work The Souls of Black Folk (1903) W.E.B. Du Bois wrote:
…the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, —a world which yields him no true selfconsciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, —an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, —this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face. This, then, is the end of his striving: to be a co-worker in the kingdom of culture, to escape both death and isolation, to husband and use his best powers and his latent genius.

This course is a study of African American literature and culture through the 19th and 20th centuries and up to today, however, if it succeeds, it will go far deeper than this, becoming an insightful investigation of the “double consciousness” that Du Bois alluded to 115 years ago. Themes for this course will include the Construction of Race, Slavery, Emancipation, Jim Crow, Lynching, Jazz, Urbanization, the Harlem Renaissance, Desegregation, Civil Rights, R&B & Rock n’ Roll, the Sports and Entertainment Industries, Victimization, White-guilt, Political Correctness, Affirmative Action, and Hip-Hop Culture.
Because of its combined literary and cultural foci, the methodology of this course will be somewhat unconventional, using not only literary texts and documents, but also many cultural creations (film, music, etc.) to examine the story of Black America. This is necessary because this subject is complex and culturally loaded—the construction, enforcement, reconstruction, and slow transformation of “Black” and “White” America is at the center of the dynamic tension that has driven much of American history, from the ravages of Slavery and the Civil War to the creation of the amazing and distinctive African American culture that heavily impacts the global
culture of the 21st century. Each week will include a lecture on the context & culture of Black America for the given era, and then a discussion of the assigned texts. Learning to examine, explain, and understand the vibrant literary and cultural creations of Black America is the goal of this course.
Reading Responses: Each week during this seven-week class there will be both required and supplemental texts—I will provide access to all materials. Students are responsible for four Response Essays (500 to 1,000 words) based on the texts and the material from lectures. I will expect these essays to be an insightful analysis of our texts, written in clean, crisp, concise prose. Your grade will be based on your top three responses.
Class Participation: You will all be expected to attend each lecture, to thoroughly read each required text, and to actively participate in class discussions. For the first few weeks of class, this will be done in a “cyber” format because I’ll still be in the U.S.A. From that point forward, we will meet regularly at the university.
                                         ASSIGNMENTS & SCORING
Reading Responses (3 x 25%) = 75%
Class Participation = 25%
Grades will be based on a ten-point scale:
5 = 100-90% 4 = 89-80% 3 = 79-70% 2 = 69-60% 1 = 59-0%
Assignments turned in late will be penalized 10%
COURSE SCHEDULE: (*denotes required text)
Week 1. Slavery & the American Civil War (starting Monday, April 22)
– *Folktales & Spirituals (early 1800s)
– Martin Delany. The Condition, Elevation, Emigration & Destiny of the
Colored People of the United States (selections) (1852)
– Frederick Douglass. My Bondage and My Freedom (selections) (1855)
– Harriet Jacobs. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (selections) (1861)
– *Sojourner Truth. “Ar’n’t I a Woman?” (1864)
Week 2. Reconstruction & the Rise & Fall of Black Rights (starting Monday, April 29)
– *Charles Chesnutt. “The Wife of His Youth” (1898)
– Booker T. Washington. “The Atlanta Exposition Address” (1895)
– W.E.B. Du Bois. The Souls of Black Folk (selections) (1903)
Week 3. Segregated America (starting Monday, May 6)
– *James Weldon Johnson. Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912)
Week 4. The Harlem Renaissance (starting Monday, May 13)
– *Langston Hughes. Poetry & Essays (1910-20s)
– *W.E.B. DuBois. “The Comet” (1920)
– Marcus Garvey. “The Negro’s Greatest Enemy” (1923)
– Paul Robeson in the Eugene O’Neill film. The Emperor Jones (1933)
– Ken Burns documentary. JAZZ vol. 2 (2001)
Week 5. The Civil Rights Era (starting Monday, May20)
– *Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man (selections) (1952)
– TV Episode. Amos ‘n’ Andy (1952)
– *Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X. (selections) (1960s)
– James Baldwin documentary. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Week 6. All Funked Up: Hip Hop America (starting Monday, May 27)
– *Documentary on Blaxploitation. BaadAsssss Cinema (2002)
– Blaxploitation film. Shaft (1971)
– Early Hip Hop film. Wild Style (1983)
– *Spike Lee film. Do the Right Thing (1989)
– John Singleton film. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
– Spike Lee film. Bamboozled (2000)
Week 7. Black Lives Matter?!: Race in America Today (starting Monday, June 3)
– *Ta-Nehisi Coates. (selection of essays) (2010s)
– Malcolm Gladwell (selection of essay) (2010s)
– Ryan Coogler film. Fruitdale Station (2013)
– Barry Jenkins film. Moonlight (2016)


Course title: Pre-Raphaelitism
Instructor: Professor Tatjana Jukić
ECTS credits: 6
Language: English
Semester: 1 or 3
Enrollment requirements: Enrollment in the graduate programme

Course description: The course explores how literature intersects with visuality in Victorian culture, with the emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Taking Foucault’s discussions of the nineteenth century as our point of departure, we will analyze how the Pre-Raphaelites engage the contact zones of literature and the visual, and anticipate critical and visual developments that we associate with the twentieth century. We will focus on art, poetry and/or criticism by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, John Ruskin, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt.

Course requirements: The grade is based on a written essay at the end of term (30% of the final grade), and two tests (30% of the final grade each), as well as on active participation in the class (10% of the final grade).

WEEK 1 Visuality and Victorian culture. Panopticism. Painting and photography.
WEEK 2 Michel Foucault and the Victorians. Visuality and sexuality. Historicism and the second law of thermodynamics.
WEEK 3 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Visuality, narration, historicism.
WEEK 4 The Pre-Raphaelite Shakespeare (1). Hamlet. John Everett Millais, „Ophelia“
WEEK 5 The Pre-Raphaelite Shakespeare (2). Measure for Measure. Millais and William Holman Hunt. Alfred Tennyson, „Mariana“
WEEK 6 The Pre-Raphaelites and psychoanalysis (1). Dante Gabriel Rossetti, „Ecce Ancilla Domini (The Annunciation)“
WEEK 7 The Pre-Raphaelites and psychoanalysis (2). Dante Gabriel Rossetti, „Pia de’ Tolomei“ and „Proserpine.“ Dante Gabriel Rossetti on the sonnet. Sigmund Freud, „Mourning and Melancholia“
WEEK 8 Midterm. Rossetti as translator. Translation as the „insanity of realism“ (Walter Pater)
WEEK 9 Women and the Brotherhood. Victorian women writers. Christina Rossetti (1). „In an Artist’s Studio,“ „My Dream,“ „The Convent Threshold“
WEEK 10 Women and the Brotherhood. Victorian women writers. Christina Rossetti (2). Goblin Market
WEEK 11 The Pre-Raphaelites, political economy and biopolitics. Ford Madox Brown, „Work.“ John Ruskin as critic.
WEEK 12 Croatian critics on Pre-Raphaelitism. Antun Gustav Matoš and Miroslav Krleža.
WEEK 13 The Pre-Raphaelites and (post)modernity. John Fowles and A. S. Byatt.
WEEK 14 Final discussion.
WEEK 15 Final test. Evaluation.

Required reading:
Dickens, Charles. “A Criticism of Millais’ ‘Christ in the House of His Parents’”
Hunt, William Holman. Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (selection)
Rossetti, Christina Rossetti. Stories and poetry (selection)
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Poetry, translations, criticism (selection)
Ruskin, John. Criticism (selection)
Pater, Walter. “Dante Gabriel Rossetti”
Swinburne, Algernon Charles. Poetry (selection)
Tennyson, Alfred. Poetry (selection)

Byatt, Antonia Susan. Possession. A Romance
Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Optional reading:
Benjamin, Walter. “The Task of the Translator”
Bronfen, Elizabeth. Over Her Dead Body. Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic (selection)
Buchanan, Robert. “The Fleshly School of Poetry”
Cavell, Stanley. Contesting Tears. The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman (selection)
Deleuze, Gilles. Essays Critical and Clinical (selection)
Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (selection)
Foucault, Michel. „Of Other Spaces“
Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality: 1. (selection)
Freud, Sigmund. “Mourning and Melancholia”
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (selection)
Harding, Ellen (ed.). Re-Framing the Pre-Raphaelites. Historical and Theoretical Essays (selection)
James, Henry. Letters (selection)
Jukić, Tatjana. Zazor, nadzor, sviđanje. Dodiri književnog i vizualnog u britanskom 19. stoljeću (selection)
Klibansky, Raymond, Erwin Panofsky and Fritz Saxl. Saturn and Melancholy. Studies in the History of Natural Philosophy, Religion, and Art (selection)
Mulvey, Laura. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”
Paglia, Camille. Sexual Personae. Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (selection)
Pointon, Marcia (ed.). Pre-Raphaelites Re-Viewed (selection)
Pollock, Griselda. Vision and Difference. Femininity, feminism and histories of art (selection)
Rancière, Jacques. The Future of the Image (selection)
Tobin, Thomas (ed.). Worldwide Pre-Raphaelitism (selection)





Images of American Politics in Literary and Visual Media

Course title: Images of American Politics in Literary and Visual Media (A, 20th c.)
Winter 2018/2019
Mon, 11-12:30 (A-123)
Wed, 13:15-14 (A-105)
Instructor: Dr. Jelena Šesnić, Assoc. Prof.
Phone: 01-4092060
Office: B-018
Office hours: Mon, 12:30-13:30 p.m.; Thur 11-12 a.m.
Requirements: Enrollment in the MA program in English.

Course description: American political system  has been a medium of democratic governance of one of the most powerful countries in the world for more than two centuries. During that time segments of the democratic system have changed in scope and function allowing us to consider the direction and implications of those changes. Different elements of the system must be considered in order to give a more comprehensive picture of the impact and role of democratic processes: the party system, checks-and-balances, institution of the presidency, separation of powers (the legislative branch, the judiciary, the executive branch), the role of the Constitution, the role of the media, mechanisms of political campaigning from local to state to federal level, democratic participation, etc. These processes will be placed in a cultural context primarily with respect to their representations in fiction and visual media, particularly in the late modern period of American politics (from the second half of the 20th century), while the focus of the course will be on popular and media-generated images related to different facets of American political system.

Course requirements: Regural attendance (10%); home and in-class assignments (oral and written; 10%); seminar paper (10-12 double-spaced pp., Times New Roman, 12; 40%); continuous assessment (mid-term and final test; 40%).

Primary texts:
Fiction/ non-fiction: 
Robert Penn Warren:
All the King’s Men (1946) (novel)
Joe Klein: Primary Colors (1996) (novel)
Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Imperial Life in the Emerald City (2006) (non-fiction)

Robert Rossen: All the King’s Men (1949)
(ili: Steven Zaillian: All the King’s Men (2006))
Harold Becker: City Hall (1996)
John Frankenheimer: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Jonathan Demme: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
George Clooney: Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
Mike Nichols: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
Paul Greengrass: Green Zone (2007)
Alan Pakula: All the President’s Men (1976)
Steven Spielberg: The Post (2017)
Oliver Stone: Nixon (1995)
Oliver Stone: W (2008)
Rob Reiner: LBJ (2016)
George Clooney: Ides of March (2011)

Syllabus (alterations possible)

1. American political system in a historical perspective. Cultural aspects of American political system.  (The Federalist Papers: selection; Arendt: On Revolution; Tocqueville’s tradition).

2. Genre of the political novel. (Scheingold: selection). Politics as profession; politician as a social type (Max Weber: political writings). Politician as an all-American hero; danger and appeal of populism: R. Penn Warren, All the King’s Men (novel)

3. Comparison of the novel and the film: All the King’s Men (two adaptations, Rossen and/or Zaillian)

4. Politician as an all-American hero: Becker, City Hall

5. The Cold War paranoia: Frankenheimer, The Manchurian Candidate. Demme’s 2004 re-make.  

 6. The Cold War paranoia: Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck

7. The War on Terror, before and now: Nichols, Charlie Wilson’s War; Greengrass: Green Zone; Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Imperial Life in the Emerald City (non-fiction)

8. Midterm test.

9. The presidential mystique and (un)reality: presidential bio pics (Stone: Nixon, W; Rob Reiner: LBJ )

10. The presidential mystique and (un)reality: Primary Colors (novel)

11. The Fourth Estate: politics and the media: Pakula, All the President’s Men; Spielberg: The Post

12. Infotainment and digital media: the interface of politics and popular culture as a boost to democratic participation (Stewart,  Leno, Chapelle, Colbert, Oliver, Noah, etc.)

13. Political process on the ground: the local sphere (The Wire, season 3)

14. New directions in American politics: Clooney, Ides of March; Trump presidency

15. Final test. Course evaluation.


Required reading:

  • Arendt, Hannah. On Revolution. New York: Penguin, 1963. (selection)
  • Banita, Georgiana and Sascha Pohlmann, ed. Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, 2015. (selection)
  • Christ, Birte, and Greta Olson, eds. Obama and the Paradigm Shift: Measuring Change. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter, 2012. (selection)
  • Coyne, Michael. Hollywood Goes to Washington: American Politics on Screen. London: Reaktion Books, 2008. (selection)
  • Delogu, Jon C. Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2014. ( (selection)
  • Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist Papers. Ed. Cliton Rossiter. New York: The New American Library, 1961. ( (selection)
  • Mausbach, Wilfried, Dietmar Schloss, and Marting Thunert, ed. The American Presidency: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter, 2012. (selection)
  • Scheingold, Stuart. The Political Novel: Re-imagining the Twentieth Century. New York and London: Continuum, 2010. (selection)
  • de Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. 1835. 1840. New York: Vintage, 1954. ( (selection)
  • Weber, Max. Vlast i politika. Prir. Vjeran Katunarić. Zagreb: Jesenski i Turk, 2013. (selection)

Additional reading material will be provided on the Omega platform.

Optional reading:
American Literary History, vol. 24, no. 3 (Fall 2012). (Project Muse)

Brown, Wendy. „Apocalyptic Populism.“ 30 August 2017.

Comparative American Studies: An International Journal. Special Issue. Texting Obama: Politics/Poetics/Popular Culture. Vol. 10, no. 2-3 (August 2012).

Foy, Joseph, ed. Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture. Lexington: The UP of Kentucky, 2008.

Hofstadter, Richard. 1948. The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

Hofstadter, Richard. 1963. The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1996.

Howe, Irving. Politics and the Novel. New York: Fawcett Premier, 1967.

Jones, Charles O. The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford UP, 2007.

Maisel, Sandy L. American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford UP, 2007.

Nelson, Dana. Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2010.

Shaw, Tony. Hollywood’s Cold War. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2007.

Translation and Intercultural Communication

Course title: Translation and Intercultural Communication
Instructor: Dr. Snježana Veselica Majhut
ECTS credits: 5
Language: English and Croatian
Semester: 1st and 3rd term of graduate studies
Status: elective
Form of instruction: two  lectures and one seminar per week + e-learning
Assessment: continuous assessment components (50 per cent)  and a term paper (50 per cent)

OBJECTIVES: After finishing this course the students should  be able to: detect underlying  socio-cultural components of a text and deploy strategies for their most appropriate transposition; analyze the intercultural components of a text in the light of theoretical models and concepts; analyze and deploy various strategies in order to translate a text in a manner that respects cultural conventions; justify translation choices while maintaining a critical distance.

This course addresses the following themes: various concepts of culture and their relevance for translation; intercultural competence; applicability of functionalist approaches to translation; text types and genres; culture-specific features of text types and their implications for translation; analysis of concrete text types; the impact of the implied reader on the translator’s decisions; coherence and cohesion of the source and target text.

The course combines lectures and seminar work (2+1). The students are expected to read the literature before the lectures and participate in seminar discussions (both in class and in the virtual environment on (Moodle). The students are also expected to apply the acquired knowledge in assessed written assignments (analysis of the selected aspects of source and targets texts, commentaries on the advantages and disadvantages of certain strategies in particular communicative situations, etc.) and a term paper.  

Regular attendance, preparedness for class, active participation in class and in e-learning, regular submission of assessed assignments. The final grade is based on the continuous assessment of particular course elements (attendance, active participation in class and in e-learning, timely submission of assessed assignments) and the term  paper.

Gambier, Y. 2013. “Genres, text-types and translation” in Handbook of Translation Studies. vol. 4: pp. 63–69

Hatim, B. 2009. “ Translating text in context“ in Munday, J. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies. New York: Routledge.

Hatim, B. and Munday, J. 2004. Translation: An Advanced Resource Book. New York: Routledge. (selected chapters)

Kelly, D. 1998.  “The translation of texts from the tourist sector: textual conventions, cultural distance and other constraints”.Trans: Revista de Traductologia. no. 2 (1998)

Trosborg, A. (ed.) 1997. Text Typology and Translation. John Benjamins Publishing (selected chapters)

Hatim, B. and Mason, I. 2005. The Translator as Communicator. London/New York: Routledge

Katan, D. 2009. “Translation as Intercultural Communication” in in Munday, J. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies. New York: Routledge.

Katan, D. Translating Cultures: An Introduction for Translators, Interpreters and Mediators

Nord, C.  2000.  “Training Functional Translators”. Cadernos de Tradução.  ISSN 2175-7968, Florianópolis, Brasil.DOI:

Tomozeiu, D., Koskinen, K. and D’Arcangelo, A. 2017.  (eds.)  Intercultural Competence for Translators. New York: Routledge (selected chapter ).



Week Topic
1 Introduction. Various concepts of culture and their relevance for translators. Discussion.
2 Intercultural competence. The importance of intercultural competence for translators.
3 The main principles of functionalist approaches to translation.
4 Applicability of functionalist approaches to concrete translation tasks.
5 Text types and genres.
6 Text coherence and cohesion.
7 Consolidation.
8 Culture-specific features of text types.
9 Culture-specific features of text types.
10 Analysis of text-type norms and conventions  in tourist brochures.
11 Analysis of strategies of translating “realia” in selected text types.
12 Analysis of text-type norms and conventions  in culinary texts.  
13 Analysis of text-type norms and conventions  in self-help literature.
14 Consolidation.
15 Feedback on term papers. Student feedback on the course.



American Short Story

Course title: American Short Story
Instructor: Asst. Prof. Sven Cvek
ECTS credits: 6
Status: elective
Semester: 4th or 6th
Enrollment requirements: Introduction to the Study of English Literature 1 and 2

Course description:
The short story in the US is said to be the “national art form”. Taking up this assumption critically, this course we will offer a historical overview of the presence of the short story in American culture. We will consider the formal, institutional and political-economic aspects of the short story’s production, distribution, and reception. We will be especially interested in: the assumption about the national belonging of this form; the problems of cultural form or genre; the material conditions for the form’s continuity and change. Therefore, we will approach the short story in the context of wider social relations, paying particular attention to the relationship between social transformation and formal change. Since the short story spans the entire history of the United States, the course will vary and shift its focus, both in terms of historical period (from 1800 until today), and in terms of specific problems (the question of genre; of literary infrastructure, such as magazines and creative writing workshops; the question of the short story as a cultural document; the question of transformations and possibilities of short forms today; etc).

Course objective:
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the corpus of the American short story, the theoretical and critical literature about this form, as well as encourage them to think critically about the emergence, development and changes of cultural forms in the context of wider social processes.

Course requirements:
regular attendance and reading, written continual assessment, final essay paper.

Selection of American short stories.
Online material (Omega).
Bendixen Alfred & James Nagel (eds), A Companion to the American Short Story. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Gelfant Blanche H. & Lawrence Graver (eds), The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-century American Short Story. Columbia UP, 2000.
Levy, Andrew. The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story, Cambridge UP, 1993.
Scofield, Martin. The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story. Cambridge UP, 2006.
Shapiro, Stephen. Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel:
Reading the Atlantic World-System. The Pennsylvania State UP, 2008.

Syntactic Theories

Course title: Syntactic Theories
Course coordinator: Irena Zovko Dinković, PhD, associate professor
Instructor: Irena Zovko Dinković, PhD, associate professor
Status: elective
ECTS credits: 6
Semester: 1st or 3rd (winter)
Enrollment requirements:

Objectives: To introduce the students to major syntactic theories and approaches from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, and teach them about various ways of syntactic analysis and representation, as well as claims and hypotheses on the structure of language in general. This will provide them with the opportunity to apply the acquired theoretical background to their own research and connect it on a broader level with other sciences.

Week by week schedule:

Week Topic
1. Introduction to the history of 20th century syntactic theories.
2. From Bloomfield to Chomsky. Early generative theories.
3. Chomsky’s Transformational Grammar. Standard Theory and Extended Standard Theory.
4. Generative Semantics. Optimality theories: Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar.
5. Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Lexical Functional Grammar.
6. Government and Binding Theory and X’- theory. Minimalist Program.
7. Relational Grammar. Dependency Grammars.
8. Functional approaches to language analysis. The Prague Linguistic Circle.
9. Martinet’s Functional Syntax.
10. S. Dik’s Functional Grammar and Functional Discourse Grammar.
11. Systemic Functional Grammar.
12. Role and Reference Grammar. Emergent Grammar.
13. Cognitive Grammar.
14. Construction Grammar.
15. Final review and preparation for the exam.

Course description:
After each unit, the students solve a specific task in the seminar, which they check with the instructor. They are also expected to read at home the relevant parts of obligatory reading and other materials.

Course requirements:
Students should attend the classes regularly and actively participate in class and in solving the assignments. The last week of the course is dedicated to preparing students for the exam. The exam is written.

Obligatory reading (selected chapters and pages):
Brown, Keith & Miller, J. (ur.) (1996). Concise Encyclopedia of Syntactic Theories. Oxford – New York: Pergamon

Moravcsik, Edith (2006). An Introduction to Syntactic Theory. New York: Continuum

Newmeyer, Frederick (1986). Linguistic Theory in America (2. izd.). Orlando: Academic Press, Inc.

Matthews, Peter H. (1993). Grammatical Theory in the United States from Bloomfield to Chomsky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Sag, Ivan, Wasow, Thomas & Bender, Emily (2003). Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction (2. izdanje). Chicago: CSLI Publications



Suggested reading:
Chomsky, Noam (1957). Syntactic Structures. Gravenhage: Mouton

Graffi, Giorgio (2001). 200 Years of Syntax: A Critical Survey. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins

Müller, Stefan (2016). Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches. Berlin: Language Science Press

Poole, Geoffrey (2011). Syntactic Theory (2. izd.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Sells, Peter (1985). Lectures on Contemporary Syntactic Theories. Chicago: CSLI Publications

Pollock, Jean-Yves (1989). Verb Movement, Universal Grammar, and the Structure of IP. Linguistic Inquiry 20: 365-424

Nichols, Johanna (1984). Functional Theories of Grammar. Annual Review of Anthropology 13: 97–117.

Newmeyer, Frederick. (2001). The Prague School and North American functionalist approaches to syntax. Journal of Linguistics 37: 101 – 126

Dik, Simon C. (1991). Functional Grammar. U: F. Droste i J. Joseph (ur.), Linguistic theory and grammatical description. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins

Hengeveld, Kees & Mackenzie, J. Lachlan (2010), Functional Discourse Grammar. U: Bernd Heine i Heiko Narrog (ur.), The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 367-400.

Halliday, M. A. K. (1984). A Short Introduction to Functional Grammar. London: Arnold

Van Valin, Robert D., Jr. & Randy LaPolla (1997). Syntax: Structure, meaning and function. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Langacker, Ronald W. (2008). Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

Goldberg, Adele. (1995) Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Twentieth Century American Poetry

Title of the course: Twentieth Century American Poetry
Lecturer: prof.dr. Stipe Grgas
Language: English
Duration: 4th or 6th semester
Status: elective course
Teaching mode: 1 hour lecturing, 2 hours of seminar work weekly
Preconditions for enrollment: „Introduction to the Study of English Literature “ I and II

Contents of the course: The course offers a description, a reading and an interpretation of American poetry published from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. The departure point for the course is the assumption that during the last couple of decades poetry has been marginalized in philological studies. The course will argue for the relevance of this archive. The focus will be on the specificity of the art of poetry, on the transformations undergone by poetry within the system of literature but also in the broader cultural environment. The diachronic reading of American poets will seek out their differentiating features but will also point to what these poets share with poetry writing in other literary and cultural contexts. The basic methodological premise of the course is that poetry develops according to its own immanent laws but that it also mirrors the challenges of of the world outside of literature. Because of the immense quantity of primary material the course will make a selection from the extant material and choose not only representative poets but representative texts by the chosen writers. The course proposes to continually rely on the accessibility on the Internet of not only texts but of recorded readings of poems.

Aim of the course: The students will acquaint themselves with a very important segment of twentieth century poetry. The aim of the course is to make the students aware of a marginalized literary genre, train them how to approach it and convince them of the multifaceted function and importance of the poetic word.

Student obligation: Fulfill the obligations stipulated by the model of continuous evaluation. During the semester the students must write a number of short papers on assigned texts while they have to hand in a longer seminar paper in the next to last session. The last session is reserved for the written exam.

Division of the course by weeks:
1. On poetry in general
2. Predecessors (Dickinson/Whitman)
3. Modernists abroad: Ezra Pound i T.S. Eliot
4. Modernists at home: Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams
5. Modernists at home: Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Louis Zukofsky
6. Gendered Voices: Marianne Moore, H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath
7. Confessional Poetry: John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Theodore Roethke
8. Beat poets: Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski
9. Black Mountain Poets: Charles Olson, Robert Creeley
10. Deep Image Poetry: Robert Bly, Mark Strand
11. New York School: John Ashberry, Frank O’Hara
12. 1970s: Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni
13. Language Poetry: Bob Perelman, Charles Bernstein
14. Final discussion, written exam

Obligatory texts: A selection of a poem or a number of poems from the opus of the poets listed above.

Secondary literature: Studies dealing with poetry in general, particularly those dealing with modern poetry. Manifestos written by some of the poets. Finally, the many books dealing with American poetry as well as the case book studies of individual works and writers.


The Nineteenth-Century English Novel

Course title: The Nineteenth-Century English Novel
Instructor: Borislav Knežević
ECTS credits: 6
Form of instruction: three hours a week
Semester: 4th or 6th
Enrolment requirements: Introduction to the Study of English Literature 1 and 2

Course description: The course presents a survey of the English novel in the 19th century, the period of a great expansion of the genre of the novel in the context of a fast-growing literary market for the middle class. During that period the genre of the novel was strongly marked by the attempt of the novelists to take part in the shaping of social debates on important issues of British society in the context of fast changes. The selection of novels in this course is designed to illustrate some of the central social issues in the 19th century English novel, such as themes related to marriage, class ideologies, industrialization, the British Empire, and writing as a profession.

Objectives: In terms of content, the goal of the course is to familiarize the students with several novels from one of the most productive periods in the history of the English novel. The course places an emphasis on active student engagement with the literary text, in order for the students to master the skills of interpreting literary texts.

Course requirements: The grade is based on a written essay at the end of term (5 pages), a mid-term quiz, and a quiz at the end of term.

Week by week schedule:
week 1: Introduction
week 2: Persuasion
week 3: Persuasion
week 4: Hard Times
week 5: Hard Times
week 6: Hard Times, Aurora Leigh
week 7: First Quiz. Aurora Leigh
week 8: Aurora Leigh
week 9: Aurora Leigh, The Moonstone
week 10: The Moonstone
week 11: Essay due.
week 12: The Moonstone, The War of the Worlds
week 13: The War of the Worlds
week 14: The War of the Worlds
week 15: Second quiz.

Primary literature
Jane Austen, Persuasion
Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Primary literature may also include the following novels:
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton
W.M. Thackeray, Barry Lyndon
Anthony Trollope, The Warden
H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines
George Gissing, The Odd Women

Secondary literature (optional):
Catherine Gallagher, The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction, 1832—1867 (excerpts)
Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (excerpts)
Mary Poovey, Genres of the Credit Economy (excerpts)
Tony Tanner, Jane Austen (excerpts)
Raymond Williams, Culture and Society1780—1950 (excerpts)