Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies is a two-semester course concluding with a written exam at the end of the summer term. Part I of the course took place in the winter semester and covered both literary and non-literary cultural representations. In the summer semester, part two of the course focuses on literature. It provides an overview of literary genres and discusses methods and tools for textual analysis and interpretation. Reading American, British, and postcolonial texts, students are introduced to the practice of literary and cultural studies. Building on the knowledge acquired in the winter term, they learn how to combine specific critical and theoretical perspectives with detailed exploration of three set texts.
Please get a copy of the following texts and read them before the beginning of the term:
- William Shakespeare. Hamlet. c. 1599. Ed. Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor. London: Arden, 2006. Print.
- Walt Whitman. ”Leaves of Grass.” 1855. In: Whitman. Leaves of Grass and Other Writings. Ed. Michael Moon. New York: W.W. Norton 2002. Print.
- Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions. Banbury: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, Ltd., 2004.
The listed editions of Hamlet and Leaves of Grass are strongly recommended, but others - including online editions - are acceptable as well.