Introduction to literature studies (ćwiczenia) - 2018/2019
dr Magdalena Sawa
Faculty of Humanities - Instytut Filologii Angielskiej
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Developing analitical and interpretative skills, practicing analysis and interpretation of literary texts, familiarising students with major literary terms.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of English enabling students to read literary texts in English and discuss them on an abstract level.
Teaching methods: Text analysis, discussion on the selection of literary texts, group work.
Course content description
The course familiarises students with the basic principles of literary analysis and interpretation. It helps them develop skills required for literary courses scheduled for subsequent years.
The aim of this course is to encourage students to exchange the emotional and superficial reaction to a literary text for a more analitical approach, which requires not only sensitivity but also a discipline of thought and theoretical knowledge. It is thus necessary to eradicate frequent yet false reading habits, the conviction of the unconstrained freedom of interpretation being the most important one. The course helps students develop a critical distance towards the message, ideas and emotions contained in a literary work.
The course lays emphasis on practical competence needed for the analysis and interpretation of a literary text. The theoretical knowledge presented to students is subordinate to the devlopment of practical skills. The theory is limited to basic terms and major distinctions and is meant to familiarise students with a wide range of techniques and devices to be encountered in texts selected for class discussions.
In the first semester the course focuses on narrative fiction and the following problems:
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\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" narration and perspective
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\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" tone, humour, emotions
In the second semester the course centres on poetry and drama and the following problems:
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" denotation and connotation
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophy, metonymy, synecdoche, symbol, allegory, paradox, understatement, overstatement, irony
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" meaning and idea
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" poetry and sound
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" the nature of drama
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" realistic and non-realistic drama
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" tragedy and comedy
Forms of assessment
Required reading list
Perrine, Laurence, and Thomas R. Arp. Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. Sixth Edition. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1993.
Cuddon, J. A. The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. Third edition. London and New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
Głowiński, Michał, Teresa Kostkiewiczowa, Aleksandra Okopień-Sławińska, Janusz Sławiński (eds.). Słownik terminów literackich. Vademecum polonisty (ed. Janusz Sławiński). Wydanie czwarte bez zmian. Wrocław: Ossolineum, 2002.
Anthologies nad other sources:
Barańczak, Stanisław. Fioletowa krowa. Antologia angielskiej I amerykańskiej poezji niepoważnej. Kraków: Wydawnictwo a5, 2007
Burrell, Angus, and Bennett Cerf (ed.). An Anthology of Famous American Short Stories. The Modern Library. New York: Random House, 1953.
Cochrane, James (ed.). The Penguin Book of American Short Stories. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1982.
Dahl, Roald. The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl. London: Penguin Books, 1992.
Dolley, Christopher (ed.). The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1981.
Foley, Martha, and David Burnett (eds.) The Best American Short Stories: 1962. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1962.
Kermode, Frank, John Hollander, et al. (eds.). The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Volume I & II. New York, London, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1973.
Lauter, Paul. (ed.) The Heath Anthology of American Literature, volume 2. Boston and New YorkHoughton Mifflin Company, 1998 (3rd edition)..
Litz, Walton A. (ed.) Major American Short Stories. London, New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1975.
MacBeth, George (ed.). Poetry 1900 to 1975. Burnt Mill, Harlow, Essex: Longman with Faber and Faber, 1979 (3rd impression, 1982).
Pritchett. V. S. (ed.). The Oxford Book of Short Stories. Oxford and Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1981.
Szymborska, Wisława. Koniec i początek.. Kraków: Wydawnictwo a5, 1993.
Twaithe, Anthony, and John Mole (eds.) Longman English Series, Poetry 1945 to 1980. Burnt Mill, Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1983.
Edward Lear\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Limericks
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