ENGL 2073 - European Women Writers: Narratives of Resistance

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course compares and contrasts literary writings by women from across Europe. We will read and analyse a selection of short stories and novels by contemporary writers from different European nations. We will study the social and cultural context of each writer in order to enrich our understanding of the texts? form and content. Our focus will be on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in order to compare the ways in which writers respond to the same historical context from different perspectives. We will also consider works by writers of European origin who write in different parts of the world, as we question where the boundaries of `European literature? can be located. We will pay particular attention to practices and theories of translation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2073
    Course European Women Writers: Narratives of Resistance
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course compares and contrasts literary writings by women from across Europe. We will read and analyse a selection of short stories and novels by contemporary writers from different European nations. We will study the social and cultural context of each writer in order to enrich our understanding of the texts? form and content. Our focus will be on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in order to compare the ways in which writers respond to the same historical context from different perspectives. We will also consider works by writers of European origin who write in different parts of the world, as we question where the boundaries of `European literature? can be located. We will pay particular attention to practices and theories of translation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Natalie Edwards

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of key literary texts from the 20th and 21st centuries
    2. Demonstrate understanding of key literary terms
    3. Demonstrate skills to analyse and interpret literary texts
    4. Demonstrate skills to analyse and interpret critical works on literary texts
    5. Write logical and coherent arguments in response to literary and critical texts
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    4 NOVELS AND 1 NOVELLA, TO BE PURCHASED:

    Annie Ernaux’s Simple Passion

    Marguerite Duras’s The Lover

    Elena Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment

    Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain

    Zadie Smith’s NW
    Online Learning
    All course information is available on MyUni, including lectures, powerpoints, assessment topics, and announcements. Please check your student email frequently.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 3-hour workshop per week 36 hours per semester
    TOTAL = 36


    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    WEEK LECTURE TOPIC
    1        Introduction: Reading, Writing and Resisting
    2        Sexual and Textual Resistance: Annie Ernaux’s Simple Passion
    3        Colonial Resistance: Marguerite Duras’s The Lover
    4        Colonial Resistance: Marguerite Duras’s The Lover
    5        Resisting Shame: Elena Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment
    6        Resisting Shame: Elena Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment
    7        Resisting Monolingualism: Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain
    8        Resisting Monolingualism: Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain
    9        Resisting Monolingualism: Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain
    10      Urban Resistance: Zadie Smith’s NW
    11      Urban Resistance: Zadie Smith’s NW
    12     Urban Resistance: Zadie Smith’s NW
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT TASK TYPE OF TASK PERCENTAGE COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
    Online quiz Formative and summative 10% 1, 2
    Analytical essay Formative and summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5
    Research essay Summative 60% 1,2,3,4,5




    Submission
    All work will be submitted through MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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