Course module - Histories of the Devil
Code : ENGL32052 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 2
- To introduce students to texts centring on Faust;
- To investigate critically the concept of the devil in western literary texts;
- To consider critical theory – Nietzsche, Freud, Bataille, and its contributions to consideration of the devil;
- To consider what is meant by ‘the heterogeneous’, and literature’s relationship to evil, and Blake saying that Milton was ‘a true poet and of the devil’s party without knowing it’.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
By the end of this course students should be able to:
- Relate to all the issues covered in an intelligent and articulate manner, and be able to contest views with other critically held positions;
- An ability both to read closely with discrimination and to relate literary texts to wider cultural and theoretical issues;
- Enhanced skills of comparison and analysis shown by the ability to compare different kinds of texts and the different purposes and audiences they served, in seminar discussion, the formative presentation and in written work;
- Skills in the use of all relevant library resources, databases and search engines, to locate material for discussion, presentation and assessment purposes;
- Ability to read and communicate all skill learned with enthusiasm and critical rigour.
One 2,500-word essay (40%); one 2-hour unseen written examination (60%)
The use of dictionaries in the examination is prohibited. This rule applies to all categories of students, including all Visiting Students.
THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE AS FREE-CHOICE.
Marlowe: Doctor Faustus (ed. Eric Rasmussen and David Bevington, the A and the B editions, Manchester, 1996
Shakespeare: Richard III
Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
- The Book of Job (illustrations)
Freud: Psychoanalytic Notes on an Autobiographical Case of Paranoia (the Schreber Case - Standard Edition of Freud, vol. 12. Students should buy this text.
- A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis (Standard
Edition vol. 19) Photocopies will be provided of this text
Goethe, Faust parts 1 and 2 – Penguin trans, by David Consantine. 2 vols.
Gogol: ‘Nevsky Prospect’
Anon – Mr Punch
Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. Trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Vintage, 2008)
Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus –Penguin trans. By H. Lowe-Porter
Tambling, Professor Jeremy
PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE FOR 2013-2014
Tuesday 9:00 - 10:30
Wednesday 9:00 - 10:30
Please note that you must be able to attend both the Tuesday and Wednesday session to select this course unit.
3 hours of combined lecture/seminar
See section on course content.