This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of the course, students
- will have deepened their knowledge of Modern Dutch and Comparative literature;
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
As for the Flemish part, we will deal with Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels, while the Dutch part will focus on Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Groningen.
Reflection on contemporary literature will consist in investigating how the literary text is embodied in the public area of the city and will highlight in this way the text's significance outside itself. How does the insertion of the poem in the urban area and the political field alter its support and status? How does it affect the reading of such city literature? Correspondingly, how does the literary text give an image of the city, by configuring the real through fiction?
The course will also expose students to important poetic works of Dutch-speaking literature today via the chosen topics.
The course (introductory lectures) alternates with in-depth readings and text comments that require active class participation. All the texts and the assigned material are prepared and read before class by all the students.
Students prepare individually or in small groups (depending on the number of participants) the analysis of a chosen text or literary work (topics need to be approved by the instructor). They present the results of their analysis in interaction with other students. After discussion, they submit a written report to the teacher in the form of a scientific article.
- Active participation in the discussions and comments on texts; for the personal task, bibliographical research, compulsory analytical readings of scientific articles and critical discussions; extensive text analysis; personal and scientific comments are expected from the participants.
Certificative assessment (50%):
- personal research paper (on the basis of group or individual presentation) (30%)'
- Oral exam during the session, based on a discussion and defence of the personal research paper (20%). Links between the material covered in class and personal research work are expected.
Students will be evaluated on their command of the Dutch written language, their personal expression and knowledge of secondary research in the field.