Absurd Literature (ELIT420) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Absurd Literature ELIT420 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course will explore the literature and theater of the absurd, one of the most important movements in the 20th century literature. The aim of this course is to examine important works of absurd literature such as those of Albert Camus, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett that illustrate common themes, concerns, and aims of absurd literature. It will also focus on the specific historical factors that gave rise to the literature of the absurd.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Understand the historical and social factors that gave rise to the Literature of the Absurd.
  • Understand the difference between realistic drama and absurd drama
  • Are able to recognize the characteristics of the literature of the absurd in the works that will be analyzed in class
  • Are able to recognize the influence of the literature of the absurd on contemporary literature.
Course Content Existentialism, philosophy of the absurd, literary and dramatic examples

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Historical and Social Background of the Literature of the Absurd
2 Historical and Social Background of the Literature of the Absurd
3 Historical and Social Background of the Literature of the Absurd
4 Albert Camus The Stranger
5 Albert Camus The Stranger
6 Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
7 Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
8 Midterm
9 Harold Pinter The Dumb Waiter
10 Harold Pinter The Dumb Waiter
11 Edward Albee The American Dream
12 Eugene Ionesco The Lesson
13 Student Presentations
14 Student Presentations
15 Review
16 Final


Course Book 1. - Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of the Absurd. New York: Anchor Books, 1961.
2. - Hinchliffe, Arnold P. The Absurd. Methuen: London, 1985.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 30
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To be able to use English language competently concerning four basic skills, namely listening, reading, speaking, and writing X
2 To have extensive theoretical knowledge about English literature. X
3 To gain knowledge about literary theories and to be able to apply these theories to various literary texts X
4 To acquire detailed knowledge about British culture in all its aspects X
5 To be able to compare and contrast English literature with other literatures through works from different periods and genres. X
6 To be able to compare and contrast British culture with other cultures X
7 To plan, organize, and conduct the activities related to the field X
8 To acquire the skills of creative, critical, and analytical thinking X
9 To gain knowledge about how to conduct an academic research and to use the acquired knowledge in accordance with the purpose of the research X
10 To acquire professional ethics and to use them in the process of research and production X
11 The ability to translate various kinds of texts from different disciplines both from English into Turkish and from Turkish into English X
12 To get prepared for professional life by developing a sense of responsibility through individual tasks and group projects X
13 To be able to understand and decipher various discourses involved in literature such as literary, philosophical, psychological, cultural, critical and theoretical discourses in English language X
14 To be able to understand and be a part of world culture X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 2 28
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 10 10
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 20 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 25 25
Total Workload 131