FF:AJ44001 Intro. to Literary Studies - Course Information
AJ44001 Introduction to Literary StudiesFaculty of Arts
- Extent and Intensity
- 0/0/0. 4 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
- Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Beneš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martina Bilá, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zuzana Kršková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
- Guaranteed by
- Jeffrey Alan Vanderziel, B.A.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
- each even Friday 9:10–10:45 G22
- Course Enrolment Limitations
- The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
- fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
- English Language and Literature (programme FF, B-FI)
- Course objectives
- Course description:
This course consists of seminars that encourage students to engage in literary research and analysis. We will focus on two major literary works (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing) that will serve as the core case studies for a semester-long research project. In addition, we will read and analyze selections of poetry, short fiction and drama in order to demonstrate a variety of genres and literary approaches. These readings will be supplemented by chapters from A Short Guide to Writing about Literature and selections from literary theories that will provide further material for in-class discussions.
1. To learn the methods of conducting library research and working with primary and secondary sources.
2. To acquire the techniques needed for literary analysis and writing academic essays.
3. To refine critical thinking about literature and achieve a deeper understanding of how literature affects us and how it enriches our perception of the world.
- Week 1:Reading and discussion: The Great Gatsby Barnet et al.: chapters 1 and 2: “The Writer As Reader: Reading and Responding” and “The Reader as Writer: Drafting and Writing” response paper 1 due (submit in the ELF)
- Week 2: Reading and Discussion: Surfacing Barnet et al., chapter 8: “Writing About Literature: An Overview” Portfolio: Unit 1: Secondary Sources: Surfacing and/or Gatsby (a list of 3 books, 3 book chapters, 3 journal articles, and 3 online sources; documentation style conforming to MLA; submit in the ELF) response paper 2 due
- Week 3: Reading and discussion: selection of poetry Barnet et al., chapter 12: “Writing About Poetry” Portfolio: Unit 2: Paper Proposal and Annotated Bibliography (of three key secondary sources) response paper 3 due
- Week 4: Reading and discussion: selection of short fiction Barnet et al., chapter 10: “Writing About Fiction: The World of the Story”; Portfolio: Unit 3: First Draft of the Research Paper (1700-2000 words, double-spaced, 12point font) response paper 4 due
- Week 5: Reading and discussion: selection of drama Barnet et al., chapter 11: “Writing About Drama” Portfolio: Unit 4: Final Draft of the Research Paper (deadline May 21); response paper 5 due
- required literature
- Barnet, Sylvan, et al. A Short Guide to Writing About Literature. 2nd ed. Toronto: Pearson Education, 2004.
- MLA Handbook 7th edition
- ATWOOD, Margaret. Surfacing. First Anchor Books Edition. New York: Anchor Book, a division of Random House, Inc., 1998. 199 stran. ISBN 9780385491051. info
- FITZGERALD, Francis Scott. The great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's sons, 1925. 182 s. ISBN 0684164981. info
- recommended literature
- Culler, Jonathan, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000.
- WELLEK, René and Austin WARREN. Theory of literature. 3rd ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1963. 374 s. ISBN 014017219X. info
- Teaching methods
- group and class dicussion, independent study, short lectures
- Assessment methods
I. Research project portfolio: 4 units (3 assignments plus 1 final draft of the research paper), 60%
II. Participation: 5 response papers and class participation, 40%
Note: In order to pass the course, you must complete all the assignments.
- Language of instruction
- Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
- Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: This course is NOT designated for Erasmus students! List of courses offerd by the Department of English and American studies for Erasmsus students is available at http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/ under "Information for Erasmus students".
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: This course is NOT designated for Erasmus students! List of courses offerd by the Department of English and American studies for Erasmsus students is available at http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/ under "Information for Erasmus students".
- Teacher's information