English: Literature and Theory - Graduate Level

7.5 ECTS-credits
Second Cycle Level 1
School of Humanities and Media Studies
Subject field
English (ENA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Literature in English1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Humanities and Media Studies, 16 May 2007.
This syllabus is valid from 01 July 2007.
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 thorough 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 good knowledge of modern and postmodern literary and cultural theory by describing the main trends of literary criticism from liberal humanism to ecocriticism.
  • independently and critically 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 clear, correct 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


  • 90 credits in the subject of English, of which 30 credits on Undergraduate level 2, or equivalent knowledge.

Other Information

The course was part of the Main field of English until 2015-08-01.

2007-07-13 (change in literature)
2009-10-15 (change in literature, addition in Assessment)
2014-04-03 (Main field added)
2015-11-03 (Main field removed)
2016-05-26 (Literature list removed)