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Explication de textes : Charles Dickens's Great Expectations

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Lucy Perry
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0
Polycopiés: Oui


"A moving and exciting story, and a world observed with both literal and moral fidelity." Thus Christopher Ricks identifies the richness of Great Expectations, the greatness of which lies too in a "convincing and often profound characterization". According to David Gervais, the novel is "'poetic' in the sense of event and character being shaped into meaningfulness by an artistic consciousness." Just two critical responses to Dicken's acclaimed novel. We will explore for ourselves the intricacies of this novel narrated by the young protagonist Pip and set in the marshlands of Kent and the labyrinths of London, confronting in its themes a violent criminal world and the poverty of early 19th-century London, love and its disappointments, alongside the puzzlements and optimism of youth.


1) Preparation (undertaking the required reading in advance) and participating in the discussion. Oral presentation.
2) One essay of 2000-2200 words long.


Recommended edition: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ed. by Edgar Rosenberg (New York: Norton, 1999).

Exigences du cursus d'études

English Composition, Introduction to Advanced Literary Studies, and the Anglo-American Survey Parts 1 and 2.
Overseas or DC students may attend if they have the equivalent amount of expertise - that is, an introductory course on English literary history, up to 1700, and 1.5 years' experience writing academic literary criticism.

Informations supplémentaires


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