On completion of the course the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of a selection of contemporary literary works from the English-speaking world through a theoretical as well as cultural and historical perspective
- show a basic knowledge of modern and postmodern literary and cultural theory by describing the main trends of literary criticism from liberal humanism to ecocriticism.
- analyze and interpret the literary texts in light of these theories
- orally and in writing communicate and argue for his or her own interpretations of the literary as well as critical and theoretical texts, in a clear and appropriate academic English.
The course consists of a selection of contemporary literary works from the English-speaking world, which are studied from the perspective of number of modern and postmodern cultural and theoretical schools of thought, such as liberal humanism, structuralism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, postmodernism, feminism/gender theory, marxism, psychoanalysis and ecocriticism.
The students are assessed through seminar activities, written assignments and a written exam. Assignments which are turned in after the stated deadline cannot receive the grade of Pass with Distinction unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Forms of Study
The course consists of an introductory lecture and a series of seminars. During the course the students write a number of short critical assignments in the form of practical analyses and applications of the theories studied. All teaching is conducted in English.
The Swedish grades U - VG
- 60 credits in English at Undergraduate level, including the course The History of British and American Literature and Ideas, 7.5 credits and either Cultural Texts and Contexts, 7.5 credits, or Themes in Popular Literature, 7.5 credits, or equivalent knowledge