Facultatea de Litere

UNIVERSITATEA DIN CRAIOVA

ENGLISH AND AMERICAN STUDIES

YEAR I

ELEMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH CIVILISATION
MODERN POLITICAL VALUES IN GREAT BRITAIN
ELEMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CIVILISATION
AMERICAN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLGY
AMERICAN PRAGMATISM VERSUS BRITISH TRADITIONALISM
POSTMODERN BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETRY
BRITISH AND AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
THE HISTORY OF BRITISH CRITICISM
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NOVEL
POSTMODERNISM – INTERTEXTUAL COORDINATES
ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY BRITISH CULTURAL DISCOURSE
ENGLISH SPIRITUALITY AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN
BRITISH PUBLIC SPACES
URBANISM AND THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

YEAR II

REALITY AND ART IN BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURE
MEDIA IN THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURAL SPACE
TRANSPOSITION D’ART – LITERATURE AND THE OTHER ARTS
LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY BRITISH/AMERICAN FICTION
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
SPACE AND TIME IN BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
BRITISH AND AMERICAN TRAVEL LITERATURE
THEATRE AND THE GEO-POLITICAL SPACE (ROMANIAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGES)
VICTORIAN ESSAY
VISUAL AND LITERARY ARTS WITHIN THE ENGLISH CULTURAL SPACE
MEDIA STUDIES – AMERICAN CONSUMERIST SOCIETY VERSUS ENGLISH IDENTITY DISCOURSE
BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURAL PRESENCE IN EUROPE
ANGLOPHONE LITERATURE IN FILM ADAPTATIONS

YEAR I

SUBJECT OF STUDY: ELEMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH CIVILISATION
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: To raise students’ interest for the values of British civilization by giving them useful information in the domains of British geography, history and culture.
CONTENT: Geography; History; Political life: forms of government, the parliament, the monarch, political parties, elections; Culture: philosophy, theology, science, arts, painting and engraving, sculpture, arts and crafts, music; Education: the system of state education, private education, universities, research; Sport and entertainment: traditional English sports, new sports; Tourism: national patrimony, places and collections, parks.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Green J.R., A Short History of the English People, London 1933
Trevelyan, G.M., A Shortened History of England, Penguin Books 1974
Wingfield – Stratford, E., The History of British Civilization, George Routledge, London 1930
Maurois, A. (1987), Istoria Angliei, Ed. Orizonturi, Bucureşti
Travelyan, G. M. (1977), History of England, Longman, London
Sanders, A. (1994), The Oxford History of English Literature, Clarendon Press, Oxford.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: MODERN POLITICAL VALUES IN GREAT BRITAIN
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: To get the students acquainted with the role of the discipline in the humanities and with the modern political values in Great Britain.
CONTENT: Introduction to the study of modern political values; Political authority in Great Britain; Imaginary and rationality in English politics; The problem of political freedom; Equality in Great Britain; Justice; Democracy; Human rights; European public space and English public spaces; Public space as political space.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Arendt H., Crizele republicii, Humanitas, 1999
Buşe I., Imaginarul politic (coord.) col. Symbolon, Ed. Universitaria, Craiova, 2002
Hobbes Th., Fundamentele gândirii politice moderne, Polirom, 1999
Locke J., Al doilea tratat despre cârmuire, Nemira, 1999
Nozick R., Anarhie, Stat şi utopie, Humanitas, 1997
Reszler A., Mythes politiques modernes, PUF, 1981
Wunenburger J. J., Omul politic între mit şi raţiune, Ed. Alfa Press, Cluj, 2000

SUBJECT OF STUDY: ELEMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CIVILISATION
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: Students have to acquire knowledge on American cultural traditions and their impact on social, political and economic life
CONTENT: Environment as a primary source; Social responsibilities; Sky-scrapers and steel buildings; World savior concept; Mass culture and mass media; Changing institutions and ideologies; Heritage of idealism; New and old American values; Globalized communication; Ignorance in American civilization; American legal system; Hollywood movies; American music lyrics; Multiculturalism in American society.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Mumford, Lewis, Roots of Contemporary Architecture, Grove Press, New York, 1959
Kouwenhoven, John, The Arts in Modern American Civilization, W.W. Norton & Company. Inc., New York, 1967
Bensman, Joseph, Rosenberg, Bernard. Mass, Class, and Bureaucracy: The Evolution of Contemporary Society, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1963
Porsdam, Helle. Legally Speaking: Contemporary American Culture and Law, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1999
Prince, Stephen. Visions of Empire: Political Imagery in Contemporary American Film, Praeger Publishers, New York, 1992
Shaw Gray, Charles. Trends of Civilization and Culture, American Book Company, New York, 1932

SUBJECT OF STUDY: AMERICAN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLGY
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: Students have to familiarize with cultural anthropology and with the works of the representative American anthropologists; they have to identify the features of American anthropology.
CONTENT: Specific features of anthropology; Anthropology and other disciplines (history, linguistics, archeology, ethnography, psychology); Methods of research used in anthropology; Types of societies; Race and ethnicity; Culture: the concept and issues; Evolutionism; Diffusionism; Functionalism; Culturalism; Structuralism; Postmodernism; Dynamic anthropology.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Franz Boas, Race, Language, and Culture, University of Chicago Press, 1995
Franz Boas, Anthropology and Modern Life, Transaction Publishers, 2003
Franz Boas, A Franz Boas Reader: The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883-1911, University of Chicago Press, 1989
Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture, Mariner Books, 2006
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict: A Humanist in Anthropology, Columbia University Press, 2005
Margaret Mead, The Study of Culture at a Distance, Berghahn Books, 2000
Marshal David Sahlins, Culture and Practical Reason, Chicago University Press, 1976
Marshal David Sahlins, Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1981
Marshal David Sahlins, Stone Age of Economics, Tavistock Publications, 1974
Robert Murphy, The Dialectics of Social Life: Alarms and Excursions in Anthropological. Theory, Basic Books, New York, 1971
Everett Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, Fifth Edition, New York, NY: Free Press, 2003

SUBJECT OF STUDY: AMERICAN PRAGMATISM VERSUS BRITISH TRADITIONALISM
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: To present recent controversies regarding the relationship between British empiricism and American pragmatism and the influence of empiricism over the “pragmatic turning” in philosophy.
CONTENT: Introduction; Theories of experience; Theories of causality and of necessity; Theories of personal identities; Moral, social and political theories: the empiricists; Moral, social and political theories: the pragmatists.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Colapietro Vincent Michael. Peirce’s Approach to the Self: A Semiotic Perspective on Human Subjectivity. New York: State University of New York Press, 1989.
Dooley Patrick Kiaran. Pragmatism as Humanism: The Philosophy of William James. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1974.
Dunn John. The Political Thought of John Locke. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969.
Fontinell Eugene. Self, God, and Immortality: A Jamesian Investigation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986.
Marga, Andrei, Reconstrucţia pragmatică a filosofiei, Polirom, 1997.
Roth, Robert, J., British Empiricism and American Pragmatism. New Directions and Neglected Arguments, Fordham University Press, New York, 1993.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: POSTMODERN BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETRY
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: To make students understand British and American contemporary poetry as an answer to the old puritan movement, which disregarded an approach of everyday situations in people’s lives.
CONTENT: The Movement Between Reason and Realism, Kingsley Amis and The Angry Young Men, Elizabeth Jennings – Simplicity and Control, Philip Larkin – Depression as a Main Theme, Ted Hughes – From Myth to History, Present Poetical Directions; Charles Olson and the Black Mountain Movement, Allen Ginsberg and His Socio-Political Howl of His Generation, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Lost City, Robert Lowell and the Apocalyptic Present, Beat Generation Influences on American Contemporary Poetry.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Hutcheon, Linda – A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction, Routledge, 1998
Acheson, James – Contemporary British Poetry, State University of New York Press, 1996
Hamilton, Ian – The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry in English, Oxford University Press, 1996
Saphiro, James – The Columbia History of British Poetry, Columbia University Press, 1994
Aldridge, John W., After the Lost Generation, Freeport, New York, 1971
Stephenson, Gregory – The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation, Southern Illinois University Press, 1990

SUBJECT OF STUDY: BRITISH AND AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: The course aims to familiarize the students with elements specific to contemporary drama and with representative British and American contemporary playwrights and with their works.
CONTENT: Features, devices and themes of British and American contemporary theatre; Evolution of drama; From the theatre of the absurd to contemporary social drama in Pinter’s work; Stoppard versus Hare; Caryl Churchill’s post-feminist and social drama; Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman between reality and fiction; Sam Shepard’s Buried Child and the American family; August Wilson and the African-American drama.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama. The Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Rabey, David Ian. English Drama Since 1940. London: Longman, 2003.
Saddik, Annette. Contemporary American Drama. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Ltd, 2007.
Schmidt, Kerstin. The Theater of Transformation. Postmodernism in American Drama. New York: Rodopi, 2005.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: THE HISTORY OF BRITISH CRITICISM
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: To familiarize the students with the critical tendencies and the concepts of English criticism from the beginnings to the present.
CONTENT: The beginnings of English criticism; John Dryden – the father of literary criticism; Alexander Pope –Essay on Criticism; The critic as an explorer. The romantic period; The critic and society. The Victorian period; T.S Eliot- Tradition and the Individual Talent; I.A Richards – critical principles; W. Empson – Seven Types of Ambiguity; Northrop Frye – The Anatomy of Criticism; W. Booth – The Rhetoric of Fiction ; H. Bloom – a critic of romanticism and modernism; Linda Hutchinson – A Poetics of Postmodernism.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Rice, P., Waugh P. (ed.), Modern Literary Theory, Edward Arnold, London and New York, 1989
David Lodge, 20th Century Literary Criticism, Longman, 1972
Wellek, René, A History of Modern Criticism: 1750-1950, American Criticism, 1900-1950, Jonathan Cape, London, 1986
Gooch, P., History and Historians in the Nineteenth Century, Longman Group Ltd., London,1929
Houghton, W.E., The Victorian Frame of Mind, New Haven, 1957

SUBJECT OF STUDY: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NOVEL
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: To familiarize the students with the characteristics of the Afro-American novel in order to understand its distinct history and cultural visibility
CONTENT: Race reconstruction: Novel before and after slavery; Caribbean Migration and the New World novel; Black literature at the crossroads; Richard Wright’s epoch; Common values: Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin; Spaces for readers: Toni Morrison; Afro-American feminism.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Carby, Hazel. Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America. London; New York: Verso, 1999.
Sîrbulescu, Emil. Cartea care vorbeşte: Introducere în romanul afro-american (Craiova: Scrisul Românesc, 1999)
Gates, Henry Louis Jr., ed. The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997)
_____, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism ((New York: Oxford University Press, 1988)
Bell, Bernard W. The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition (Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1987)
Wilentz, Gay Alden. Binding Cultures: Black Women Writers in Africa and the Diaspora. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992;

SUBJECT OF STUDY: POSTMODERNISM – INTERTEXTUAL COORDINATES
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: To update theoretical knowledge related to postmodernism. To revise and discuss some theoretical elements related to intertextuality (text theory, classifications, typology etc.).
CONTENT: Postmodernism – theoretical notions and definitions; Intertextuality, eclecticism, parody, sign transfer; Types of intertextuality – literary examples; Explicit and implicit intertextuality– literary examples; Theoretical coordinates of an intertextual analysis; Ekphrasis – theoretical elements and examples.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Allen, Graham. 2000. Intertextuality, London & New York: Routledge
Bakhtin, Mikhail. 1981. The Dialogic Imagination, Austin: Texas Press
Eco, Umberto. 1979. The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts, Bloomington: Indiana University Press
Hutcheon, Linda. 1988. A Poetics of Postmodernism: history, theory, fiction, London & New York: Routledge
–. 1989. The Politics of Postmodernism, London & New York: Routledge
Morgan, Thais. 1989. The Space of Intertextuality in Intertextuality and Contemporary American Fiction, Patrick O’Donnell & Robert Con Davis (eds.), Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, p. 239 – 279

SUBJECT OF STUDY: ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY BRITISH CULTURAL DISCOURSE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: The workshop aims to present approaches used in discourse analysis, to make students able to explore and comment on the main features and themes of the British cultural discourse.
CONTENT: Discourse analysis: aims and approaches; Discourse and ideology; Discourse and power; Discursive formats; Discourse and culture; Discourse and the context; Cohesion and coherence; Interactive language; Persuasive language.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Coulthard, M. (1985) An Introduction to Discourse Analysis, 2nd edition. Longman.
Coulthard, M (ed.) (1992) Advances in Spoken Discourse Analysis. Routledge
Mills,Sara. Discourse. London – New York : Routledge, 1997. 1-8.
Van Dijk, Teun. Structures of News. News as Discourse. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, Assoc., Inc., 1988. 17-23.
McGill, Ann and Karen Whedbee. Rhetoric, Discourse as Structure and Process. Ed. Teun Van Dijk. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997. 157-184.
Foucault, Michel. The Discourse of Language, The Routledge Language and Cultural Theory Reader . Eds. Lucy Burke, et al. London: Routledge, 2000. 231-240.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: ENGLISH SPIRITUALITY AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To provide knowledge about English landscape design, its history and current trends. The course focuses on public and private parks and defines gardening as a British identitary cultural marker.
COURSE CONTENT: The history of British gardens and parks; Great landscape designers and continental influences; The relationship between architecture and the spiritual – the pond, the lawn and the bushes; Flower festivals; Garden furniture; The most important public gardens in the United Kingdom
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: Written and oral examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Stephen Lacey, (2005) Gardens of the National Trust, Aurum Press Ltd
Jane Brown, (1999), The English Garden: Through the 20th Century, Garden Art Press
Patrick Taylor ,(2002), One Hundred English Gardens: The Best of the English Heritage Parks and Gardens Register, Rizzoli International Publications
Anne Helmreich, Richard A Etlin (ed.) (2002), The English Garden and National Identity: The Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870-1914, Cambridge University Press

SUBJECT OF STUDY: BRITISH PUBLIC SPACES
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: To provide knowledge about public spaces as understood in the British cultural space. Drawing on modern theories on space (Habermas, Bourdieu, Michel de Certeau, Barthes, etc.) the course focuses on issues connected to public spaces in the 18th century Britain.
CONTENT: Introductory course (I): Jürgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Michel de Certeau, Pierre Bourdieu; Introductory course (II): Jean Delumeau, Paul Hazard; English gardens in the 18th century: Vauxhall, Ranelagh, si Kew. Cultural policies of public space, borrowed architectures, artificiality of nature; Coffee and coffee-houses; The theater and its representations in the 18th century literary works; Curiosities in the public sphere, the salons; Oriental public spaces (I), self and the other in Oriental borrowings; Oriental public spaces (II), Oriental cultural practices in the 18th century.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Brewer, John. This, that and the other: Public, Social and Private in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, in Castiglione, Dario and Sharpe, Lesley (eds.), Shifting the Boundaries. Exeter: University of Exeter Press. 1995.
Delumeau, Jean. Gradina desfatarilor. O istorie a paradisului. Bucuresti: Humanitas, 1997.
Habermas, Jürgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere-An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. 1999.
Mihali, Ciprian. Inventarea spatiului. Bucuresti: Paideia. 2001
Koyré, Alexandre. De la lumea inchisa la universul infinit. Bucuresti: Humanitas, 1997.
Varey, Simon. Space and the Eighteenth-Century English Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990

SUBJECT OF STUDY: URBANISM AND THE AMERICAN SPIRIT
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the workshop is to get the students acquainted with the American urban space, to present the symbolic and pragmatic values of the urban space, cultural aspects of the city, and the way in which these are reflected in literature and other forms of art.
CONTENT: American urban architecture: buildings and gardens, inner and outer spaces; Urban planning and the relation between beauty and efficiency; The identity of the American city and cultural interferences; Tradition and complexity; The intellectual and the American city; Social conflicts and the city; Poverty, social classes and racism; Modern metropolis, suburbs and changes of the American city. (Literary texts will be selected from twentieth century American literature and art.)
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Vincent Joseph Scully, American Architecture and Urbanism, Henry Holt & Company, 1988
Nathaniel Popkin, Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002
Chicago Architecture: Histories, revisions, Alternatives (Chicago Architecture and Urbanism), University of Chicago Press, 2005
Jay Pridmore, George A. Larson, Hedrich Blessing, Chicago Architecture and Design, Ed. Harry N.Abrams, 2005
Robert Stern, David Fishman, New York 2000: Architecture, Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millenium, Monacelli, 2006

Year II

SUBJECT OF STUDY: REALITY AND ART IN BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: The curse aims to familiarise the students with elements and concepts that define the making and understanding of the work of art and the relationship between reality and art.
CONTENT: The making of the work art: the origin of creativity; the artist and his relation with reality; culture and the real; British and American literature and reality; Painting and reality; Techniques in sculpture and reality; Fiction and reality in contemporary theatre; Reality through films; Documentaries between reality and art.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Belsey, Catherine. Culture and the Real. London and New York: Routledge, 2005.
Sporre, Dennis. Reality Through the Arts. Prentice Hall, 2003
Martin, David and Jacobus Lee. Humanities through the Arts. McGraw-Hill Humanities/ Social Sciences/ Languages, 2007
Michael, Tobias. The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking. Michael Wiese Production, 1999.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: MEDIA IN THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURAL SPACE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: To get the students acquainted with the particularities of present media, to discuss the ethical problems regarding the activity of media organizations and to present the new tendencies in the development of this highly dynamic field.
CONTENT: The role of mass media in a democratic system; Commercial nature of media; Journalistic products and media target; New technologies and their influence on media.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
C. J. Bertrand, “Funcţiile mass media. Regimuri, actori, roluri …” în C.J. Bertrand (ed) Introducere în presa scrisă şi vorbită, Iaşi, Polirom, 2001
Mihai Coman, Introducere în sistemul mass media, Iaşi, Polirom, 2004 (editia a II-a), cap. Dimensiunea economică a sistemului mass media
Severin, W.J., Tankard, J.W, Perspective asupra teoriilor comunicării, Iaşi, Polirom, 2004, cap. Concerne şi conglomerate media
Doris Graber, “Putere mediatică şi control guvernamental”, în Mass-media şi democraţia (antologie de Doru Pop), Iaşi, Polirom, 2001
Jean Mouchon, “Spaţiul public şi discursul public televizat”, în I. Pailliart (ed), Spaţiul public şi comunicarea, Iaşi, Polirom, 2002
Randall, David, 1998, Jurnalistul universal, Iasi, Polirom

SUBJECT OF STUDY: TRANSPOSITION D’ART – LITERATURE AND THE OTHER ARTS
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: To get the students acquainted with reading the literary work open towards other arts, to familiarize them with the specific techniques and the way in which techniques can be adapted from one art to another or the way in which each theme can be represented in different arts.
CONTENT: Literature and other arts: architecture, painting, photography, theatre. The presentation of the specific of each art and the common elements: themes, borrowed techniques, influences; English and American portrait in literature, painting and photography; Contemporary feminist tendencies; American writers and painting; Masculine characters in literature and other arts: Ashberry versus Parmigianino; Biblical and Greek myths in arts; Architecture reflected in literature.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Claudia E. Cornett, Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts, Prentice Hall, 2006
Enciclopaedia of British Arts, Thames and Hudson, London, 2000
Burdescu, Felicia, Masters of 20th Century British Literature, Universitaria, Craiova, 2004
Encyclopaedia of American Painting, OUP, New York, 1998
Burdescu, Felicia, Masters of American Literature, Universitaria, Craiova, 2003
Julia Kristeva, Maladiile sufletului, Humanitas, Bucuresti, 2006

SUBJECT OF STUDY: LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: core
OBJECTIVES: The course aims at presenting the students with the English literature in former British colonies.
CONTENT: Key concepts: colonialism, post-colonialism, orientalism, exoticism. Themes, motifs, and symbols in the other literatures in English; Late effects of transportation in Dickens, Peter Carey, David Malouf; post-colnial themes in Remembering Babylon; colonial discourse in Jane Eyre vs. Post-colonial discourse in Wide Sargasso Sea; colonialism and morality in The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins; Rushdie, postmodernism and post-colonialism: magic realism in Midnight’s Children
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Ashcroft, Bill, Griffiths, Gareth, and Tiffin, Helen. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995
Brennan, Timothy. “The National Longing For Form.” The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. Eds. Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin. Oxford: Routledge, 2006.
Hutcheon, Linda. “Circling the Downspout of Empire.” Ashcroft, Bill et al., 130 – 5.
Loomba, Ania.Colonialism/Postcolonialism. London: Routledge, 1998.
Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. London: Vintage, 1994.
Slemon, Stephen. “Magic Realism as Post-Colonial Discourse”. Canadian Literature 116 (1988): 9 – 24.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY BRITISH/AMERICAN FICTION
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: The students should know narrative techniques specific to contemporary novels and the course aims at presenting the most famous novelists and elements of philosophy; at identifying and explaining the relationship between English and American fiction and philosophy.
CONTENT: Mimesis as recreation in Plato and Aristotle; Art for art and western aesthetics. Epiphany in postmodern fiction; Modern Platonists versus prose in Great Britain and in the United States; Iris Murdoch and the creation of the novel; Iris Murdoch and the postmodern British world; Iris Murdoch and space/time according to Bakhtin; John Updike and modern classicism in America; J.Grisham and postmodern writing in America; Fiction and politics in new historicist tradition; Language philosophy.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
P.P.Negulescu, Filosofia idealistă germană, Fundaţiile regale, Bucureşti, 1940
Mircea Florian, Recesivitatea ca structură a lumii, Eminescu, Bucureşti, 1983
Rădulescu Motru, Constantin, Timp şi destin, Saeculum, I.O.Bucureşti, 1996
Liiceanu, Gabriel, Repere pe drumul gândirii, Ed. Politică, Bucureşti, 1982
Burdescu, Felicia, Masters of American Literature, Universitaria, Craiova, 2004
Burdescu, Felicia, Murdoch’s Way with Philosophical Texts, Universitaria, 2006, Craiova
Verdenius, W. J., Mimesis, Leiden, Holland, 1962

SUBJECT OF STUDY: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To provide knowledge about children’s literature written in English, considered an important branch of literature that sheds light on several issues: didactic, anthropological, sociological.
COURSE CONTENT: Heroes and themes with children’s literature; The bestiary in children’s literature; The absurd and paradoxical; The Gothic element; Classical mythology; The child in children’s literature; Harry Pottermania and other modern trends
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: Written and oral examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Anderson, Celia Catlett and Marilyn Fain Apseloff. Nonsense Literature for Children: Aesop to Seuss. Hamden, CT: Shoestring Press, 1989.
Association for Library Service to Children. Jones, Dolores Blythe, Ed. Special Collections in Children’s Literature: An International Directory. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1995.
Avery, Gillian E. Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books 1621-1922 Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Avery, Gillian E. Childhood Patterns: A Study of the Heroes and Heroines of Children’s Fiction, 1770-1950. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1975.
Darton, Frederick J. Harvey. Children’s Books in England: Five Centuries of Social Life. 3rd Edition. Revised by Brian Alderson. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: SPACE AND TIME IN BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: The workshop aims to familiarize the students with perspectives on time and space in philosophy, psychology and literary theory and to use these theories to identify temporal and spatial patterns in literary works.
CONTENT: Theories on conventional and outer space and time; inner space and time; chronology; temporal and spatial simultaneity; time and space interdependence and interchangeability. Among the literary texts to which these theories are applied, the following can be mentioned: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; James Joyce’s The Dead and A Portrait of the Artist; John Updike’s Seek My Face and The Centaur; William Faulkner’s Light in August, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway; Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Bakhtin, M. (1981) The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Ed. Michael Holquist. Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin and London: University of Texas Press.
Bergson, H. (1999) Duration and Simultaneity : Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe. Clinamen Press Ltd.
Genette, G. (1988) Narrative Discourse Revisited. Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press.

SUBJECT OF STUDY: BRITISH AND AMERICAN TRAVEL LITERATURE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: course and seminar
OBJECTIVES: To provide knowledge about travel literature written in English, considered an extension of postcolonial discourse into postmodernity. The course focuses on travel literature as both exterior description and interior construction of identity.
CONTENT: Famous travellers in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; The voyage with the Romantics; Real and imaginary travels in British and American literature; Women travel writers; The postmodern discourse of travelling; Science-fiction – a false treaty of travelling; The colonial discourse in travel books.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Kaplan, Caren (1996) Questions of Travel: Postmodern Discourses of Displacement Duke University Press, Durham and London
Douglas Ivison , (2002), I Saw Everything but Could Comprehend Nothing”: Melville’s Typee, Travel Narrative, and Colonial Discourse in The American Transcendental Quarterly Vol. 16,
Kim Fortuny,(2003), Elizabeth Bishop , The Art of Travel, University Press of Colorado
Karen R. Lawrence, (1994) Penelope Voyages: Women and Travel in the British Literary Tradition, Cornell University Press,

SUBJECT OF STUDY: THEATRE AND THE GEO-POLITICAL SPACE (ROMANIAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGES)
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: Students will read and will analyze the works of some representatives of the political theatre from Great Britain and Unites States of America, will get familiar with the styles, definitions and specific techniques; will understand the relationship between theatre and society.
CONTENT: The relationship between art/theatre and society; The political interwar theatre in Great Britain: The Workers’ Movement (1928-1938); Alternative British Theatre or Agip-prop; Conventions regarding staging political theatre; Limits of the political theatre; Representatives of the British political theatre; Political theatre in the United States – “The Crucible” and “All My Sons”; Representatives of the contemporary American political theatre; Theatre in the Balkans; Silviu Purcărete and theatre deconstruction (“Macbeth with scenes from Ubu Rex”); Romanian directing school on Broadway
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Catherine Itzin, Stages in the Revolution – Political Theatre in Britain Since 1968, Methuen, 1982
Jan Selman, Tim Prentki, Popular Theatre in Political Culture, Intellect Ltd, 2000
Michael Patterson, Strategies of Political Theatre: Post-War British Playwrights, Cambridge University Press, 2003
Christopher J.Herr, Clifford Odets and American Political Theatre, Praeger Publishers, 2003
Sales, Roger, The Theatre of Politics in Hamlet, Penguin Books, London, 1988

SUBJECT OF STUDY: VICTORIAN ESSAY
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: To increase the readers’ awareness of the value of the outstanding figures of Victorian thinking and in the field of essay-writing.
CONTENT: The Essay; The Impact of Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill; The Religious Controversy: John Henry Cardinal Newman and the Oxford Movement; Culture and Society: Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold and T.S.Eliot; Theories of Art: John Ruskin; The View of History: Thomas Babington Macaulay; Scientific Theories
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Enciclopaedia Britannica, vol. 3 ( London: Inc. Benton William Publisher, 1959
Basil Willey, Nineteen-Century Studies, Oxford University Press, 1975
The Pelican Guide to English Literature. From Dickens to Hardy Jerome Hamilton Buckley, The Victorian Temper, ( Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 1951
Houghton, W.E, The Victorian Frame of Mind. New Haven, 1957
The Penguin History of Literature, the Victorians, vol. VI, 1993
Wellek, R., A History of Modern Criticism, vol.IV, 1966

SUBJECT OF STUDY: VISUAL AND LITERARY ARTS WITHIN THE ENGLISH CULTURAL SPACE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 1
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: To provide knowledge about the development of the visual culture in the photographic and cinematographic field; to debate aspects of the studied visual texts and materials.
CONTENT: Introduction to literary and visual arts; Collections and collectors; Images of the classical past in romantic poetry; William Blake and the concept of “illuminated” book: visual representation of the written text; Visual representations of the literary texts of the 18th century; Visual aspects of the modern material culture. The 18th century and the cabinet of curiosities; Fashion and the way of dressing in the 18th English century.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Batten, Charles L. Pleasurable Instruction: Form and Convention in Eighteenth Century Travel Literature. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 1978.
Benedict, Barbara M. Curiosity – A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press. 2001.
Kernan, Alvin. Samuel Johnson & the Impact of Print. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987.
Motooka, Wendy. The Age of Reasons. Quixotism, sentimentalism and political economy in eighteenth-century Britain. London & New York: Routledge, 1998.
Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage, 1978.
Varey, Simon. Space and the Eighteenth-Century English Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990

SUBJECT OF STUDY: MEDIA STUDIES – AMERICAN CONSUMERIST SOCIETY VERSUS ENGLISH IDENTITY DISCOURSE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: To get the students acquainted with the models and approaches used in contemporary media studies; to analyze some of the features of the British and American media productions.
CONTENT: Mass-media: functions and effects; Communicational politics and cultural industries; communication and political propaganda; Social experience in consumerist society; Racial discourse in American and British media; American media after 9/11; Identity British trademarks; Media Criticism.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Crane, D., Kawashima, N., Kawasaki, Global culture. Media, arts, policy and globalization, New York: Routledge, 2002
Bell, A, The Language of News Media, Blackwell, 1991
Fiske, J, Introduction to Communication Studies, Routledge, 1990
Fowler, R, Language in the News – discourse and ideology in the press, Routledge, 1991
O’Sullivan, T et al (2nd ed), Key Concepts in Communication and Cultural Studies, Routledge, 1994
Seraes Jan & Rico Lie (eds.), Media & Politics in Transition: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization

SUBJECT OF STUDY: BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURAL PRESENCE IN EUROPE
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: The workshop aims at making students understand the transculturality phenomenon and analyze the effects and causes of the Anglo-American cultural presence in Europe.
CONTENT: Cultural alienation; Tradition vs. modern in culture; Henry James, Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway – promoters of international novel; Culture of diversity; Americanization – an obstacle for the socialist project; Anglo-American element and cultural globalization; The concept of power integrated in culture; British and American Humour; Invasion of American and British music; Cultural liberties and restrictions; Anti-American reactions in Europe.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Christopher, David, British Culture. An Introduction, Routledge, 1999
Epitropoulos, Mike-Frank; Roudometof, Victor. American Culture in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Praegar Publishers, Westport, 1998
Fehrenbach, Heide, Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations. American Culture in Western Europe and Japan, Berghahn Books, New York, 2000
Kammen, Michael, In the Past Lane. Historical perspectives on American Culture, Oxford University Press, New York, 1997
Koht, Halvdan, The American Spirit in Europe. A Survey of Transatlantic Influences, University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania, 1949

SUBJECT OF STUDY: ANGLOPHONE LITERATURE IN FILM ADAPTATIONS
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4
SEMESTER: 2
TYPE OF COURSE: workshop
OBJECTIVES: Students will familiarize with notions of cinematographic theory. The workshop aims to discuss and analyze the way in which literary works belonging to anglophone literature have been screened along the time.
CONTENT: Theoretical coordinates – analysis of reference texts; Literary techniques and their cinematographic conversion, visual metaphors, special effects etc.; Epic transpositions: Beowulf – The 13th Warrior; Deconstructing the aura of a myth: Hamlet and its cinematographic versions; Visual metaphors: Pride and Prejudice; Narrative techniques/ cinematographic solutions: Tristram Shandy; Victorian and postmodern encounters on the screen: Possession (A. S. Byatt); Trainspotting – the anatomy of vice.
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English
EVALUATION: written examination
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Bazin, Andre. 1967. Painting and Cinema in What is Cinema? H. Grey (transl.), Barkeley and Los Angeles
Benjamin, Andrew. 1991. Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde: Aspects of a philosophy of difference, London & New York: Routledge
Iampolski, Mikhail. 1998. The Memory of Tiresias: Intertextuality and Film, University of California Press
Lehman, Peter (ed.). 1997. Defining Cinema, London: The Athlone Press
Wheale, Nigel (ed.). 1995. The Postmodern Arts: An Introductory Reader, London & New York: Routledge

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