ELIT101 Introduction to Literature

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
Tue 9.00 - 11.50
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to


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Course Objectives ELIT 101 course aims to introduce the students to the basic terms and concepts related to literature genres which are essential for the
students' ability to understand and interpret literary works. The terms and concepts will be defined and explained to the students through sample texts. The students will have an opportunity to discuss and analyse selected texts individually and in small groups during in-class activities, and write analyses in form of essays applying key literary concepts and terminology. The course will improve the students' overall oral, writing and collaborative skills.
Textbook Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing . Fifth Compact Edition. Kennedy, X. J. & Dana Gioa. London: Pearson. 2007; The Course Reader 2020/2021 prepared by V.Suljic
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Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define different literary genres and subgenres and explain how literature is different from other forms of artistic expression.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic literary terms and concepts in relation to poetry, prose and drama
  3. Use appropriate terminology and concepts to discuss literary works as an individual or as part of a team
  4. Write an essay - analysis and interpretation of a particular work of literature using appropriate terminology
  5. Employ acquired knowledge and skills to analyse and interpret previously unseen literary works and communicate what has been learned
Teaching Methods Hybrid method: synchronous in-class and online. Weekly lectures; in-class discussions and group work; close reading, individual work; student self-assessment and peer evaluation; The course is student-centered and student-production-oriented. The course outline gives space and opportunities to students with different skills and learning styles to study and express their views through writing, speaking, acting or other forms of communication. The professor will be initiating subjects through short lectures, deliver certain topics, guide class activities, monitor continuous progress of the students, determine poems, short stories and plays to be studied, and distribute topics for debate/discussion/presentations. Some general information about poetic forms, figures of speech, elements of fiction or a play is included in the Course Reader; other handouts/articles/video or audio material will be provided when necessary.
Teaching Method Delivery Teaching Method Delivery Notes
Week 1 Introduction to the course: Syllabus outline; questionnaire
Week 2 Literary genres and subgenres; types of fiction and non-fiction Course Reader pp.8-13; Homework reading: biography of Edward Hirsch
Week 3 Poetry: introduction; Reading a poem; practice; writing a poem Selected poems;; The Course Reader pp. 14-19
Week 4 Analysing poetry: Lexical-thematic level (Poetic diction; Figures of speech; Imagery); Poem analysis practice Selected poems; The Course Reader pp.20-29
Week 5 Analysing poetry: Visual level (Poetic forms); Rhythmic-acoustic level (The sound in poetry; rhythm; meter; foot), Close reading of selected poems and analysis Selected poems; The Course Reader pp.30-37; homework reading: biographies of W.Shakespeare and D.Thomas
Week 6 Model analysis: the sonnet, the villanelle; Assessment: Quiz #1 (poetry) Course Reader pp.41-50
Week 8 Prose; definitions, functions, subgenres; examples; elements of fiction; The Course Reader: pp.52-66; "The Luncheon" by S.Maugham; homework reading: biographies of S. Maugham, J. Archer and R. Dahl
Week 9 Analysis of a short story a selected story
Week 10 Close reading a story; Analysis of the story - recognising main elements of the story; applying appropriate terms and concepts in the interpretation of the story The Course Reader pp.67-75
Week 11 Writing about fiction: drafting and avoiding pitfalls; The issue of plagiarism; Assignment: compare and contrast two stories; structure, setting, the plot summary; characterization The Course Reader: pp.76-80
Week 12 Assessment: Quiz #2 (prose); Drama: introduction: history; modes; themes; theatrical production The Course Reader: pp.81-90
Week 13 Drama: main elements of a play; The Tempest - analysis / the plot summary; structure; setting The Course Reader pp. 88-95
Week 14 Drama: language: verse & prose; themes; The Tempest: the scene analysis The Course Reader pp.96-101
Week 15 Watching a play; Revision; Progress review. Preparation for final exams The Tempest
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 3,4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
In-class activity 1 10 1,2,3,5
In-term exam 1 20 3,4
Quiz 2 20 1,2
Assignment 1 10 3,4,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
Quizes 3 2 6 Assignments 4 1 4
In-term Exam Study 10 2 20 Final Exam Study 10 3 30
        Total Workload Hours =
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit =
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 15/02/2021
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