ECTS - Modern Literary Theory and Criticism

Modern Literary Theory and Criticism (ELIT404) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Modern Literary Theory and Criticism ELIT404 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 course is designed to cover and study the varieties, achievements and developments of literary criticism in the 20th century in chronological order. Since the modern era is particularly rich in literary criticism, there will be a selection of writers, critics and thinkers as well as modes of criticism, or critical theories. Each critical theory will be analysed in its historical context dwelling upon its significance and contribution in details through its application to a literary text.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will have acquired a familiarity of key elements of psychoanalytic, Marxist structuralist and postructural theory
  • will have become familiar with debates about “alterity” in terms of nation, cultural identity, race, imperialism and gender, through the perspective of theories like Marxism and New Historicism.
  • will develop the ability to do a close reading of literary texts from the perspective of various literary theories.
Course Content The varieties, achievements and developments of literary criticism in the 20th century

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to Saussure’s views Text will be provided by the instructor.
2 Structuralism Comtemporary Literary Theory, pp. 66-86
3 Marxist Criticism Comtemporary Literary Theory, pp. 88-108
4 Marxist Criticism Modern Literary Theory, pp. 53-60
5 Psychoanalytical Criticism Contemporary Literary Theory, s. 161-167
6 Psychoanalytical Criticism Literary Theory : An Anthology, Freud: The Uncanny, pp. 154-167
7 Poststructuralism and Deconstructive Criticism Text will be provided by the instructor.
8 Poststructuralism and Deconstructive Criticism Contemporary Literary Theory, pp. 170-184
9 Midterm Review
10 Feminist Criticism Literary Theory: An Anthology, s.596-611
11 Feminist Criticism Modern Literary Theory, s. 109-113
12 New Historicism Contemporary Literary Theory, pp. 184-195
13 New Historicism Literary Theory: An Anthology, pp. 466-486
14 Postcolonialism Literary Theory: An Anthology, s. 873-886
15 Reader-Response Criticism Contemporary Literary Theory, pp. 47-64
16 Final exam Review


Other Sources 1. Philip Rice and Patricia Waugh, eds., Modern Literary Theory
2. Raman Selden, Widdowsen and Brooker Contemporary Literary Theory
3. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan, eds., Literary Theory: An Anthology
4. Raman Selden , Practicing Literary Theory and Literature
5. David Lodge, Nigel Wood, eds., Modern Criticism and Theory

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 15
Presentation 1 15
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 4 56
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 10 10
Homework Assignments 1 10 10
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 25 25
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 30 30
Total Workload 179