Comparative Literature (ELIT427) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Comparative Literature ELIT427 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, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective of the course is to study a large variety of short stories from different countries translated into English Analysing works by western and non-western writers including Turkish writers will enable students to compare and contrast the stories from various perspectives and will teach them the components of the stories, viz. plot, characterisation, setting, point of view, style, theme. Cultural, historical and political contexts of the texts will be analysed.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • study a variety of short stories of Western and Eastern cultures.
  • improve their visions through analysing short stories in term of various literary theories.
  • improve their literary and cultural visions through comparing short stories of various cultures
Course Content A large variety of short stories by outstanding writers, both from western and non-western countries

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Langston Hughes "Thank you ma'am" Liam O'Flaherty "The Sniper" Truman Capote "A Christmas Memory" Texts can be found on the internet.
2 William Faulkner "Dry September" The Penguin Collected Stories, pp. 169-187
3 Ralph Ellison "Flying Home" Worlds of Fiction, pp. 293-307
4 Albert Camus "The Guest" Worlds of Fiction, pp. 154-163
5 Nadine Gordimer "A Soldier's Embrace" Worlds of Fiction, pp.444-454
6 Chinua Achebe "Girls at War" Worlds of Fiction, pp.19-29
7 Willa Cather "Paul's Case" Worlds of Fiction, pp. 175-188
8 Judy Grahn "Boys at Rodeo" World of Fiction, s. 455-460
9 Mid-Term Review
10 Margaret Atwood "Dancing Girls" World of Fiction, pp. 87-97
11 Margaret Drabble " A Success Story" Longman Anthology of World Literature by Women, pp. 954-959
12 Nezihe Meriç "Thirst" Short Stories by Turkish Women Writers, pp. 130-134
13 Isabel Allende "And on Clay We are Created" World of Fiction, pp. 56-63
14 Ursula Le Guin "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" World of Fiction, s.827-831
15 Ben Okri "In the Shadow of War" The Story and Its Writer, pp. 1056-1089
16 Final exam Review


Course Book 1. World of Fiction. Rubenstein and Larson (eds.), New York, MacMillan Publishing Company, 1993.
2. The Story and Its Writer. Ann Charters (ed.), Boston: Bedford Books, 1995.
4. Longman Anthology of World Literature by Women, Arkin and Shollar (eds.), New York: Routledge, 1989.
5. Short Stories by Turkish Women Writers, Trans. Nilüfer Mizanoğlu Reddy, Bloomington: Indiana University Turkish Studies, 1994.
6. The Penguin Collected Stories of W. Faulkner. Penguin Books. 1985.
7. The Casuarina Tree: Seven Stories by Somerset Maugham. Oxford UP, 1985.
Other Sources 3. Halman, Talat. Shakespeare Soneler. İstanbul: Cem Kitabevi, 2008.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 10
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 4 100
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 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 10 10
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 15 15
Total Workload 125