National Taiwan Normal University Course Outline
Fall , 2022

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I.Course information
Serial No. 1354 Course Level Master
Course Code ETM0043 Chinese Course Name 歐洲文學專題研究
Course Name Special Topics on European Literature
Department Graduate Institute of European Cultures and Tourism
Two/one semester 1 Req. / Sel. Sel.
Credits 3.0 Lecturing hours Lecture hours: 3
Prerequisite Course ◎1. This is a cross-level course and is available for junior and senior undergraduate students, master's students and PhD students. 2. If the listed course is a doctroal level course, it is only available for master's students and PhD students.
Course Description
Time / Location Mon. 7-9 Main 04-04
Curriculum Goals Corresponding to the Departmental Core Goal
1. To study European literary works that have been influential in connection with three interlocking cultural images. Master:
 1-1 To understand European multi-culture and its reality in depth

II. General Syllabus
Instructor(s) LIANG, Sun-Chieh/ 梁孫傑

European Literature

Spring, 2022

Instructor: Sun-chieh Liang(梁孫傑)          e-mail:

Office: Cheng 812                                    Phone: 77341790



I. Course Description

This course is designed to study European literary works that have been influential in connection with three interlocking cultural images: the food, the fashion, and the city. If Eurocentricism is one of the main factors that have constituted European cultures, the image of food represents the somatic jouissance of the power manipulation over the others, and the image of fashion manifests the spiritual identity of the inner other. The city, built and inhabited by denizens, however, seems to be a site of absolute otherness, forever resistant to be subsumed by cosmopolitanism. Writers from 9 countries will be discussed revolving around the three images throughout the semester. 


II. Required Texts

A course pack will be prepared by the instructor.


III. Classroom Policy

(1) The Percentile Distribution: (a) Presentations 30%; (b) Class Participation 30%; (c) Final Paper40%

(2) The Presentation

(a) Two 10-minute oral presentations, and one 15-minute final presentation

(b) You are free to choose the form you think appropriate for the presentation

(3) Class Meeting

Students are required to share their responses to the required reading of the week before the instructor officially starts the lecture.

For each day late, 5 points will be deducted from the total points of the submitted work.


IV. Tentative Schedule

1. Orientation Meeting

2. Bob Ashley: Food and Cultural Studies Jacques Derrida: "Eating Well"

3. Marcel Proust: Remembrance of Things Past

4. Italo Calvino: Under the Jaguar Sun

5. Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose

6. Rosella Postorino: At the Wolf’s Table

7. Ann L. Hollander: Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress

8. Virginia Woolf: Orlando

9. James Joyce: "Nausicaa," Ulysses

10. Elena Ferrante: My Brilliant Friend

11. Patrick Süskind: Perfume

12. Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence

13. Gaston Bachelard: The Poetics of Space

14. Stanislaus Lem: Solaris

15. Italo Calvino: The Invisible City

16. Re-capitulation


Instructional Approach
Methods Notes
Formal lecture  
Group discussion  
Problem-based learning  
Cooperative learning  
Grading assessment
Methods Percentage Notes
Class discussion involvement 30 %  
Presentation 40 % Final paper (3pp) and the final project
other: 30 % Oral report
Required and Recommended Texts/Readings with References

Ariès, Philippe. The Hour of Our Death. 1981.

-----. Images of Man and Death. 1985.

-----. Western Attitudes Toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present. 1974.

Barreca, Regina, ed. Sex and Death in Victorian Literature. 1990.

Bataille, Georges. Erotisim: Death and Sensuality. 1986.

Bronfen, Elisabeth. Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic. 1992.

Chabot, André. Érotique du Cimetière. 1989.

Cohen, Kathleen. Metamorphosis of a Death Symbol: The Transi Tomb in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. 1973.

Dollimore, Jonathan. Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture. 1998.

Goodwin, Sarah Webster, and Bronfen, Elisabeth, eds. Death and Representation. 1993.

Kaiser, Gert. Vénus et la Mort. 1991.

Koudounaris, Paul. The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel House. 2011.

Llewellyn, Nigel. The Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual, c. 1500-c. 1800. 1991.

Teneti, Alberto, ed. Human Fragilitas: The Theme of Death in Europe from the Thirteenth Century to the Eighteenth Century. 2002.

Vovelle, Michel. L’heure du grand passage: Chronique de la mort. 2005.


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