Cross-Cultural Exchange on Poetry: An Online Collaboration
Among Swedish and American Students, Spring 2005

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Participating Classes

Chalmers University of Technology, Göthenburg, Sweden, is a research intensive university with a comprehensive coverage of engineering disciplines.
  • The engineering students have a range of electives to choose from and the students in this exchange on poetry take the course "Fiction for Engineers," taught by Magnus Gustafsson. So, the students come from a variety of engineering disciplines and are all MSc students with at least one year of their programme completed. The seminar meets once a week and apart from discussing the set texts, it is also geared towards preparing the students for their term paper assignment. The poetry exchange will form a part of their journal assignment and can be used as a starter for their term papers. Although English is not the first language of these students, the course is conducted in English like many of the fourth year courses at Chalmers and some of the electives.

Clemson University is a land-grant university in Clemson, South Carolina, USA. Two classes at Clemson are participating in our exchange.

  • "Forms of Literature," taught by Donna Reiss, is an introduction to the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama with an emphasis on critical reading of imaginative literature. Although most of the works we read in this class were written in English by American or British authors, we read some works in translation in order to learn about a variety of cultures as reflected in their literature. In addition to critical exploration, students compose a variety of informal personal responses and creative responses to literature, including class discussions, Weblogs, graphic narratives, and oral readings.
  • "The Victorian Period," taught by Art Young, focuses on the poetry and prose of the Victorian Period in British Literature. We will read such writers as Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth and Robert Browning, Charlotte Bronte, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Alfred Tennyson, A. E. Housman, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde. We will read these works within the intellectual and cultural context of the Victorian Period (1837-1901) in England and through a study of our literary experience as readers and writers. Requirements include several brief writing assignments, discussion board exchanges, one critical essay, class participation, two-hour exams, and a final exam.

Cross-Cultural Exchange on Poetry: An Online Collaboration
Among Swedish and American Students, Spring 2005
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