Course Title : Introduction to Literature
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ELL 101-1 A 1 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English
Course Level
Description This course introduces students to the major literary genres of narrative fiction, poetry, and drama and examines the interrelationships between language and aesthetic experience. From the point of view of the practical and technical skills developed through the course, literary works will serve as the basis for the study of the ways in which writers consciously employ language to create aesthetic expressions which reflect experiences of the senses, emotions, intellect, and imagination, as well as ways in which human experience itself is shaped by language. In this course are analyzed the background, characters and style of the author including the literary background and the cultural background of the author's writings.
Objectives The purpose of this course is to make students conscious of the aesthetic qualities and potential of the English language and to introduce them to the various ways in which writers have employed and responded to the major literary genres and their traditions as they create literary works of art. At the completion of this course students will demonstrate ability • to understand the ways in which writers employ and respond to the conventions of the major literary genres through the study of significant representative texts; • to analyze and evaluate works of literature based on their understanding of literary language and genre forms; • to interpret and evaluate literary works, using textual evidence to support their ideas, in both oral class discussion and written critical essays.
Course Outline
1Responding to literature and reading drama. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex considered
2Sophocles Oedipus Rex continued
3“Reading Poetry”; Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”; Thomas Hardy, “The Ruined Maid”
4William Blake, “The Chimney Sweeper”; John Keats, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”; Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Spring and Fall”; A.E. Housman, “When I Was One-and-Twenty”; Stevie Smith, “Not Waving but Drowning”
5“Reading Fiction” and Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
6“Reading Essays” and Langston Hughes, “Salvation”
7Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”
8Mid term exam /First Essay Due
9Wordsworth, “The World Is Too Much with Us”; Claude McKay, “If We Must Die” Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”
10Henrik Ibsen, “A Doll’s House”
11Looking Deeper, From History to Literature/ Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
12William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”; Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”
13Second Essay Due/ Kate Chopin, “The Storm” /Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper
14John Donne, “Death Be Not Proud”; Emily Dickinson, “After great pain, a formal feeling comes”
15Ambrose Bierce An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge/ Dylan Thomas, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work -
Computer Usage -
Other -
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Receive and master introductory knowledge about the genres and the writings of British and American Literature
2Improve the spoken and written skills in English
3Enhance their analytical skills , and promotove their knowledge on the authors, characters and cultural backgrounds
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade60
Contribution of final examination to overall grade40
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14342
Assignments 2510
Midterms 11414
Final examination 11111
Other 000
Total Work Load 125
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5

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