Vorlesung/Übung: Introduction to the Study of Literature (Theories and Methods)
This lecture course will provide an overview of the methods, theories and areas of enquiry in the study of literature as part of the larger discourse of media and cultural studies. The course tries to lay the necessary foundations for a scholarly approach to literature and texts in general. That is, the study of literature will be situated in a wider context, i.e. the network of literary communication. This entails:
1. a discussion of literary genres and their specifics (fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction)
2. an introduction to the basic tools for the study of literature (bibliography, stylistics,
rhetorical figures, imagery, metrics, poetics)
3. a survey of important critical approaches and methods
The lectures will be accompanied by a weekly tutorial (details will be announced at
the beginning of the course).
Prerequisites for Participation:
As this lecture will be conducted in English, students should have a sufficient knowledge of the language. Furthermore, students should show an interest in gaining knowledge about the methods and theories of the study of literature, culture and the media.
Requirements for Credits:
As partial requirement for the successful completion of Module 2.3. (Anglistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft I), students will sit a 90-minute written exam at the end of the course.
Type of Modul-Exam: n.a.
Klarer, Mario (2004). An Introduction to Literary Studies. London: Routledge.
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