Literature and the City (ELIT429) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Literature and the City ELIT429 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 aim of this course is to discover the relationship between the concept of the city and literature. To this end, the image of the city will be traced in various works written by English, Irish, French, Turkish, German, American, and Italian men of letters.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Become competent in narrowing down the focus to a single topic.
  • Improve their paper-writing skills.
  • Improve their ability to select and use necessary visual aids.
  • To acquire the ability to make relevant comments on a particular literary work.
  • Acquire information about how the city image is reflected in literatures of various cultures
Course Content A focus on the city in such genres as novel, novella, short story, prose, and poetry.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Poetry and the City London: "London" by William Blake "Composed upon Westminister Bridge" by William Wordsworth "The Bridges" by Arthur Rimbaud Screening: a documentary about London The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. II, p. 1802, 1839, The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, p.1179
2 New York: "To Brooklyn Bridge" by Hart Crane- Chicago: "Chicago" by Carl Sandburg The Norton Anthology of American Literature
3 Venice: "Death in Venice" (novella) by Thomas Mann- "Aşk Kırgınları" Nedim Gürsel World Masterpieces, s. 1510-1563
4 Screening: Death in Venice by Luchino Visconti Dublin: screening Dubliners (short story) by James Joyce Aşk Kırgınları, p.17-37, 131-141
5 Poetry and the City İstanbul: Yahya Kemal Beyatlı "Beloved Istanbul" Orhan Veli Kanık "I am Listening to Istanbul" Screening-a documentary about Istanbul: "Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul" by Fatih Akın Documentary/ Dubliners/ Aziz İstanbul p. 11 İstanbul'u Dinliyorum-Bütün Şiirleri
6 Five Cities by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (travel writings) İstanbul, Ankara, Bursa Beş Şehir, p. 1-13, 93-117, 117-209
7 Visuals about Tanpınar's Five Cities Documentary
8 Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk (novel) Istanbul Memories and the City
9 Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk (novel) Istanbul Memories and the City
10 Florence and Fatehpur Sikri The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (novel) The Enchantress of Florence
11 Florence and Fatehpur Sikri The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (novel) The Enchantress of Florence
12 Venice: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (novel) Invisible Cities
13 Venice: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (novel) Invisible Cities
14 Italo Calvino: Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the City (novel) Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the City
15 France: Nedim Gürsel: Hatırla Barbara (travel writings) Hatırla Barbara
16 Final exam Review


Other Sources 1. Abrams, M. H. ( Gen. Ed. ). The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Sixth Edition, Volume I. London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993.
2. Lawall, Sarah. (Gen. Ed.) The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Seventh Edition, Volume II. New York: W.W. Norton & Company,1999.
3. Joyce, James. Dubliners.UK: Wordsworth, 1993.
4. Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. GB: Cox & Wyman, 1997.
5. Rusdie, Salman. The Enchantress of Florence. New York: Random House, 2009.
6. Pamuk, Orhan. Istanbul Memories and the Cıty.London: Faber & Faber, 2006.
10. Beyatlı, Yahya, Kemal. Aziz İstanbul. İstanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2002.
11. Calvino, Italo. Marcovaldo ya da Kentte Mevsimler. İstanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2004.
12. Ackroyd, Peter. London: the Biography. New York: Anchor Books, 2001.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 10
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 2 40
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 50
Toplam 4 100
Percentage of Semester Work 50
Percentage of Final Work 50
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 2 10 20
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 25 25
Total Workload 135