2023-2024 / GERM0064-1

History of English literature 3


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Michel Delville

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

partim: "Utopia/Dystopia"
After a brief historical introduction to utopian thinking from Thomas More to the present day, students will be introduced to modern critical responses to literary utopias, dystopias, and heterotopias. Special attention will be given to other related genres and sub-genres such as the sociological novel, science fiction, speculative fiction, the literary satire, the alternate worlds story, the fantastic voyage, the scientific romance, cyberpunk fiction and ecocriticism. Visual material will be offered in support to the stories and essays.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this class, students will be able to understand and discuss the history of utopian thinking. They will be encouraged to study the relationship between politics and literature, particularly as regards issues of class, gender, race, and the general organization of society.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A good knowledge of written and oral English

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

lectures + class presentations & discussion

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Assigned readings: tba

Reference work:

John Carey's Faber Book of Utopias

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

written exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Michel Delville, professeur ordinaire: 04/366.56.69

Secrétariat : Mlle M. Delavignette (A2), pl. Cockerill, 3, 4000 Liège. Tél. 04/366.53.96.

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