This course serves as an introduction to the study of English literature in many of its aspects: literary theory, literary history, genre, textual analysis, critical vocabulary, etc. We will start with an attempt to define the object of our discipline by asking what literature (and particularly English literature) is. Looking at texts from different genres, cultures and historical periods, we will then be concerned with the fundamentals of a scholarly approach to literature, i.e. the terminology, concepts and technical terms necessary for analysing and interpreting literary texts.
Please buy your own copy of the following books:
- Dermot Cavanagh, Alan Gillis, Michelle Keown, James Loxley and Randall Stevenson (eds.). The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780748691326.
- Jane Austen. Northanger Abbey; Lady Susan; The Watsons; Sanditon. Eds. James Kinsley and John Davie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008 . ISBN: 9780199535545.
- Kate/Kae Tempest. Wasted. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020 . ISBN: 9781408185766.
Further texts will be made available on Stud.IP.