Introduction to literature studies (ćwiczenia) - 2018/2019
dr hab. Joanna Teske
Faculty of Humanities - Instytut Filologii Angielskiej
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The aim of the course is to offer the participants a survey of major phenomena examined in literary studies, acquaint them with basic literary terms and theories, and provide them with an opportunity to analyze and interpret diverse work of literature (fiction, poetry and drama).
Prerequsites: Advanced English. Basic knowledge of literary terms in one\'s mother tongue.
Better awareness of the meaning of artistic form and of art’s indirect modes of expression; basic acquaintance with literary studies (basic questions, methods of investigating them, basic terms and theories); greater awareness of the meaning of artistic form; better ability to analyze and interpret literature.
Analysis and interpretation of works of fiction, discussions focused on critical texts, class presentations, creative writing exercises,
Course content description
The course covers the following issues:
1st semester programme:
(1) general issues:
• Art and literature (definitions)
• Fiction (reality/nonfiction)
• Art’s relation to reality (representation/reference vs. creation/poiesis)
(2) specific issues concerning fiction (narrative prose literature):
• Narrative (definition); the basic narrative structure
• Characters (and characterisation) and incidents; plot and story
• Types of narration (modes of representing inner experience)
• The narrator and the narratee, the focalizer, types of focalization
• Temporal and spatial organization of the narrative
• Style (prose, kinds of styles; stream-of-consciousness, FID)
• The implied author and the real author. Interpretation of narrative texts.
• Conventions of realism, modernism and postmodernism: form and thematic content
2nd semester programme:
(3) general issues:
• Experiment and convention in art
• Meaning of art and how to find it (interpretation)
• Cognitive theory of art and, art’s role in human life
(4) specific issues concerning poetry and drama:
• Poetry (definitions)
• Sound effects in poetry (meter, rhyme, alliteration)
• Figurative language. Metaphor. Symbol, allegory. Imagery.
• Lyric (vs. narrative and drama) Interpretation of poetry – guidelines
• Drama: script (dialogue and stage directions) and spectacle (stage-effects)
• Tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce (genres of drama), theatrical production of drama
Forms of assessment
Test in narrative theory (at the end of the first semester students are asked to answer a set of questions concerning the form of a short story that has not been discussed in class and to interpret it. Test in the theory of poetry and drama (students are asked to answer a set of questions concerning the form of a poem that has not been discussed in class and to present a reading of this poem). Class presentation of the poem chosen by the student in the second semester.
Attendance (two absences accepted without any certificates) and active participation in class discussions.
Required reading list
Dorothy Canfield “Sex Education”
John Galsworthy \"The Japanese Quince\"
Stanisław Szukalski “Mute Singer”
Julio Cortazar “End of the Game”
Ernest Hemingway “The Clean Well-Lighted Place”
John Fowles “The Prince and the Magician”
Samuel Beckett “Lessness”
William Shakespeare\'a Macbeth
Selection of poems.
Abrams, M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1993.
Barańczak, Stanisław. “Tablica z Macondo.” Tablica z Macondo, Wydawnictwo Aneks, 1990. 222-33.
Culler, Jonathan. Literary Theory. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1997.
Diniejko, Andrzej. Introduction to the Study of Literature in English. Kielce, 2008.
Hawthorn Jeremy. Studying the Novel. 1985. London: Hodder Education, 2005.
Lakoff, George and Mark Johnson. Metaphors We Live By. Chicago UP, 1980.
Lodge, David. The Art of Fiction. London: Penguin, 1992.
Markiewicz, Henryk. “Ideologia a dzieło literackie.” Przekroje i zbliżenia dawne i nowe. Warszawa, PWN, 1976. 254-67.
Mullan, John. How Novels Work. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.
Perrine, L. Structure, Sound and Sense. New York, 1983.
Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics. 1983. London: Routledge, 1999.
Rotter, Wilfried and Hermann Bendl. Your Companion to English Literary Texts. [Volume One: Analysis and Interpretation of Narrative Prose and Volume Two: Analysis and Interpretation of Poetry and Drama.] München: Manz Verlag, 1987.
Teske, Joanna. Klara. “Treść formy - o literaturze i o tym jak forma jest uwikłana w wymianę poglądów między autorem a czytelnikiem.” Aspekty Filozoficzno-Prozatorskie 9-16 (2004-5): 30-39.
Wysłouch Seweryna and Bożena Chrząstowska. Poetyka stosowana. Warszawa, 1978.
Field of study: English Studies
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year I - Semester 2
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Grade