Syllabus for Literary Theory
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 5EN459
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2013-02-13
- Established by:
- Revised: 2019-01-23
- Revised by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Autumn 2019
120 credits. English A1, B1 and C1, or 90 credits in a language subject or in literary studies.
- Responsible department: Department of English
Decisions and guidelines
The course is included in the Master's Programme in English.
Upon completing the course students will be able to
- Show a solid knowledge of the most important trends and tendencies in literary theory from classical theories of taste to recent work on post-theory;
- Show an ability to critically reflect on theories and apply them in the interpretation of literary texts;
- gather and process critical material;
- show proficiency in the use of critical material in a written literary analysis;
- show a good ability to participate, orally and in writing, in a discussion of literary works in fluent English.
This course provides an introduction to the emergence, main currents, and uses of literary theory. Reviewing a broad range of theories - from classical poetics, over eighteenth-century discussions of taste, to contemporary reflections on post-theory, technomodernism, and surface reading -, the course encourages students to deepen their understanding of literature as an aesthetic object and institution and to enter into ongoing conversations on literary value, ideology, and the constitution of identities.
Group sessions. Instruction, class discussions, and examinations are in English. All teaching materials are in English.
Assessment takes the form of a final exam in the form of an essay at the end of the course. The final essay may be replaced by, or supplemented with, alternative assessment elements, such as shorter essays assigned during the course, journals, or portfolios. Grades are fail, pass, or pass with distinction.
Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.
Students who fail an examination twice have the right to apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners or examination forms.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.
Please contact the student counsellor for transitional regulations in connection with changes in the curriculum.
If the curriculum or the course literature for a course module is changed, students have the right to be examined on the original curriculum and course literature on three occasions during the following three terms. After these three opportunities, the right normally expires. No other limitations apply regarding the number of examination opportunities.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2019)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2013)
Applies from: Autumn 2019
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
The Norton anthology of theory and criticism
Leitch, Vincent B.;
Cain, William E.;
Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean;
Third edition.: New York: W.W. Norton & Company,