ECTS - Introduction to Literary Theory

Introduction to Literary Theory (ELIT403) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Introduction to Literary Theory ELIT403 3 0 0 3 7
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 aim of this course is to teach students the kinds, nature, and significance of literary theories which gained momentum nearly two thousand years ago. Basically mimetic, these theories and their influences on literary works are studied through the period ending with the early 20th century. The works of outstanding critics and writers such as Aristotle, Sidney, Dryden, Coleridge, Arnold, T.S. Eliot etc. will be referred to.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • gain a general knowledge about literary theories and approaches from the Classical Antiquity until the modern times
  • are acquainted with the outstanding writers and their theories through studying their works.
  • attain critical thinking, various critical perspectives and ability to compare and contrast them.
Course Content Literary theory from antiquity to the early 20th century.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction: What is literary theory? M. H. Abrams, from The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 1: Orientation of Critical Theories Text will be provided by the instructor.
2 Plato from The Republic, Book X Literary Criticism, pp. 40-52
3 Aristotle The Poetics Literary Criticism, pp.53-66
4 Aristotle cont. The Poetics, pp. 66-77
5 Sir Philip Sidney from The Defense of Poesy The Norton Anthology of English Literature I, pp.933-951
6 John Dryden from An Essay on Dramatic Poetry The Norton Anthology of English Literature I, pp.2114-2118
7 Wordsworth “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” The Norton Anthology of English Literature II, pp. 262-273
8 Matthew Arnold Preface To Poems The Norton Anthology of English Literature II, pp. 1374-1384
9 Midterm Exam Review
10 New Criticism, T.S. Eliot Tradition and The Individual Talent The Norton Anthology of English Literature II, s. 2319-2325
11 Raman Selden New Criticism: John Keats pp.25-29
12 Formalism/ Raman Selden Making Strange: Craig Raine, W. Golding pp.41-45
13 Archetypal Criticism/ Northrop Frye: Myth, Fiction and Displacement Literary Criticism, s. 574-590
14 Archetypal Criticism/ Jung Psychology and Literature 20th century Literary Criticism, s. 174-188
15 Review Review
16 Final Exam Review


Course Book 1. The Theory of Criticism: From Plato to the Present, Ed. Raman Selden, Longman, 1988.
2. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Abrams et al, Vols 1 and 2 W. W. Norton and Company 1986.
3. Practising Theory and Literature, Raman Selden, Pearson Ed. Ltd., 1989
4. 20th Century Literary Criticism, Ed. David Lodge, Longman, 1994.
8. Literary Criticism, Lionel Trilling, Holt Reinehart and Winston, INC. 1970.
Other Sources 5. An Introductory to Literary Criticism, Richard Dutton, Longman, 1984.
6. A History of Literary Criticism, Harry Blamires, MacMillan, 1991
7. Critical Approaches to Literature, David Daiches, Longman. 1981.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 2 10
Homework Assignments 1 15
Presentation 1 10
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 25
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 6 100
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 4 56
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 5 5
Homework Assignments 1 5 5
Quizzes/Studio Critics 2 5 10
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 20 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 30 30
Total Workload 174