The ART seminar focuses on understanding the relationship between authors, readers, and texts, with an emphasis on analyzing the relations between a text's form, content, and significance; understanding theories of textual interpretation; and practicing modes of critical reading.
To facilitate the discussion of intellectually serious and formally skillful writing — critical, creative, and theoretical —this reading-intensive course has a limited number of places.
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Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.
This reading-intensive course focuses on the dynamic relationship between authors, readers, and texts. We will investigate the relation between a text's form and its function, theories of textual interpretation, and modes of critical reading. Students will develop their critical literacy skills by considering how theoretical ideas, concepts, and approaches in literary studies can be deployed to interpret texts from a variety of forms and genres (for example: short fiction, novels, drama, poetry, and electronic literature). Students will also develop a theoretical toolkit of questions and concepts they can use when conducting literary studies, enabling them to become more active, critically minded readers, who can better participate in relevant literary-critical conversations when writing their Master's theses.
Students will learn about:
the complex and varied relationships between authors, readers, and texts
theories of interpretation and their relevance to literary and cultural studies
reading and writing practices conducive to developing one's critical literacy
key theoretical concepts and critical debates in contemporary literary studies
significant literary-critical approaches and methodologies for interpretation-based disciplines across the arts and humanities
By the end of the course, committed students will improve their ability to:
deploy critical theories and concepts to interpret to a variety of literary texts
understand issues and questions raised by selected texts from modern literary theory and criticism
summarize key concepts from modern literary theory and explain how they can be used when reading texts critically
analyze a selection of literary texts from relevant theoretical and critical frameworks
make informed choices about literary-critical and analytical approaches that may be useful when planning a Masters thesis on a topic in literary studies
By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
understand factors affecting literacy, reading practices, and the production of literary writing in contemporary contexts
interpret texts critically by using modes of theoretical inquiry to develop relevant reading strategies
participate in academic conversations about intellectually serious and formally skillful texts relevant to literary studies
explain complex ideas orally and in writing
Required prerequisite knowledge
Required prerequisite knowledge equivalent for admission to the Master's in English and Literacy Studies. A Bachelor's degree, which includes at least 80 ECTS credits in English language and literature is required. 30 credits of the 80 credits must be at an advanced level.
As a seminar in literary criticism and theory, students should have successfully completed several advanced-level BA courses in English-language literature and literary studies.
This reading-intensive course presupposes that students have a solid background in literature and literary studies (or closely related specialized courses) that prepared them to engage with intellectually serious and formally skillful works of literature, theory, and criticism.
Form of assessment
Home examination.Format: Short essays. Total words: 4000 words (±10%, excluding bibliography, quotations longer than 100 words.)Aids: Students may use the required and recommended texts from the course syllabus and their pull-quote worksheet.
Two written assignments, Seminars 80% attendance
Attendance at seminars is obligatory (80 %).
Students who are absent from more than 20% of the seminar meetings will not be allowed to take the exam.
The student must be present for at least 2/3 of the duration of the individual seminar meeting for attendance to be recorded.
Pass two mandatory written assignments, one for each module (2400-3600 words for each). Complete two worksheets, updated weekly. (Students write brief glosses explaining "pull-quotes," passages they select from the critical and theoretical texts).
If an assignment is assessed as not approved on the first attempt, students are given one opportunity to submit a revised assignment.