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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2016–2017
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ENGS3 Literary Theory and Methodology 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Englannin kielen, kirjallisuuden ja kääntämisen tutkinto-ohjelma
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

The course will consist of lectures in one period and associated tutorials in the next period. We will touch on theoretical paradigms including New Criticism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, the New Historicism, cultural materialism, postcolonial and queer theory, spatial theory, and ecocriticism.

During the series of lectures, the central aim is to learn to read theoretical argumentation and to discover methods of applying this insight to reading other texts. Part of the effort is to become aware of the historical dialogue in which the theories are engaged, and to understand how one might take part in it. Each student is expected to purchase Hans Bertens’ book Literary Theory: The Basics (3rd ed., 2014), which will provide preliminary reading for each lecture.

In the tutorials, students will work in small teams to develop specific theory-based interpretations of a literary text. The teams will present their findings in class. In addition to the refinement of advanced analytical skills, the purpose of the team projects is to help students see the broader significance of theoretical choices and the meaning(s) of ‘method’ in literary studies.

Assessment will be based on a short learning diary and class participation.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Markku Salmela, Teacher responsible


10-Jan-2017 – 24-May-2017
Tue 10-Jan-2017 - 28-Feb-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni A 3107
Group 1
Tue 7-Mar-2017 - 25-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3112
Group 2
Wed 8-Mar-2017 - 26-Apr-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni A 3098