Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201165232015Critical Theory in Praxis ICompulsory117
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this course is to introduce students to literary critical approaches that emerged since the beginning of the twentieth century and to utilize these theories in the analysis of various literary works. This course helps students to expand their knowledge of the main literary theories and to develop the essential skills for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Dilek Direnç
Learning Outcomes
1To obtain advanced knowledge on literary critical theory.
2To be able to use comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in the interpretation of literary texts.
3To develop a world view that is aware of the linguistic, religious, class-based, cultural, gender and sexual identities and that respects diversity in related matters.
4To be able to conduct research projects and prepare written and oral presentations on any given literary critical approach.
5To develop efficient research and interpretation skills by applying critical theories to selected texts.
6To be able to analyze literary texts and theories, and reach conclusions through critical analysis and interpretation.
7To be able to generate independent ideas and make critical analysis and interpretation.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
New Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism, Archetypal Criticism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalytic Criticism; “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hamlet by William Shakespeare and A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the course and its contentAnalysis of the course content
2New CriticismIntroduction to the theory; evaluation and discussion of the reading materials.
3New CriticismThe application of New Critical Theory to “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
4Reader-Response TheoryIntroduction to the theory; evaluation and discussion of the reading materials.
5Reader-Response TheoryThe application of Reader-Response Theory to “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
6Archetypal CriticismIntroduction to the theory; evaluation and discussion of the reading materials.
7Archetypal CriticismThe application of Archetypal Criticism to Hamlet by William Shakespeare
8Writing Paper (Midterm)Discussion on papers
9StructuralismIntroduction to the theory; evaluation and discussion of the reading materials.
10StructuralismThe application of Structuralism to Hamlet by William Shakespeare
11DeconstructionIntroduction to the theory; evaluation and discussion of the reading materials.
12DeconstructionThe application of Deconstruction to A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
13Psychoanalytic CriticismIntroduction to the theory; evaluation and discussion of the reading materials.
14Psychoanalytic CriticismThe application of Psychoanalytic Criticism to A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
15Evaluation of the whole semesterAn overall evaluation of the critical theories studied and discussed throughout the semester.
16Final Paper
Recommended or Required Reading
Primary Sources: Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Complete Poems. London and New York: Penguin Books, 1997. Ishiguro, Kazuo. A Pale View of Hills. New York: Vintage, 1990. Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. Waugh, Patricia. Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Secondary Sources: Adams, Hazard, ed. Critical Theory Since Plato. New York: Harcourt, 1971. Bressler, Charles E. Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1994.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation188
Writing Paper22040
Self Study11010
Individual Study for Mid term Examination13030
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Reading14456
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)206
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