At the end of the course, the student
• is able to recognise and define literary terms in their own words;
• is able to analyse and interpret formal aspects of literary texts by using critical concepts;
• is able to explain the main assumptions and key concepts of various branches of literary theory (such as the new historicism, Marxist, postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory);
• is able to interpret literary texts by using the key concepts of a particular branch of theory.
This course introduces the basic skills that are required to make students vocal, competent, and critical readers of literature by familiarising them with a variety of reading strategies and literary theories. Students will learn the terminology to interpret prose and poetry as well as the basic concepts of literary and cultural theory, which they will apply to one particular novel.
The first part of the course focuses on the analysis of narrative and verse. Students will learn how to engage critically with short stories and poems, and they will become acquainted with the terminology that they will be expected to employ in class discussions and essay assignments for other literature courses. The second part will concentrate on literary theory, providing students with insights into important literary and cultural theories and teaching them how to use such approaches to formulate different interpretations of literary works. We will use the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley as a case study.