Literature and Theory

7.5 ECTS-credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
English (ENA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Language, Literatures and Learning, 21 May 2012.
This syllabus is valid from 21 May 2012.
Revised, 26 May 2016.
Revision is valid from 26 May 2016.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Content

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

Other Information

Replaces EN2007.