Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
3+2 English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 515 Literary Critism Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 7.5 3 70 English

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Melih Karakuzu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melih Karakuzu, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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In general, this course is designed to equip students with the ability to read and write literary criticism. Students are expected to understand how certain approaches/theories are applied in writing literary criticisms written by some critics, and to show how they come to their findings or conclusions. Furthermore, the students will be able to write literary criticism of their own, particularly by applying contemporary critical theories.

  1. Introduction: Course Syllabus
  2. The Later Nineteenth Century
  3. Realism and Naturalism :George Eliot, Émile Zola, William Dean Howells, Henry James
  4. Symbolism and Aestheticism :Charles Baudelaire, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde
  5. The Heterological Thinkers :Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, Matthew Arnold
  6. Marxism:Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, György Lukács, Terry Eagleton
  7. The Twentieth Century:The Twentieth Century: Backgrounds and Perspectives
  8. Psychoanalytic Criticism : Freud and Lacan
  9. Midterm Exam
  10. Formalisms :Victor Shklovsky, Boris Eichenbaum, Mikhail Bakhtin, Roman Jakobson, John Crowe Ransom, William K. Wimsatt, Monroe C. Beardsley, T. S. Eliot
  11. Structuralism: Ferdinand de Saussure, Roland Barthes
  12. Feminist Criticism :Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Elaine Showalter, Michèle Barrett, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous
  13. Postcolonial Criticism: Frantz Fanon, Edward Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  14. New Historicism 760 Stephen Greenblatt, Michel Foucault


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • to read, understand, and present existing literary criticism written by other critics.
    • to read, understand, and evaluate literary works written in English.
    • to write literary criticism (i.e. critical essay) on important literary works written in English by applying various contemporary literary/critical theories.
    • Bressler, E.C.: Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. Prentice Hall; 4th edition. 2006 Leitch, V., Cain, W., Finke, Laurie A. And Johnson Barbara (editors).The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. W. W. Norton; 1 edition. 2001. Various Authors. Classical Literary Criticism. (Translated from Greek) by Murray, P. and Dorsch, T.S. Penguin Classics. 2001 Habib, M.A.R.: A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Wiley-Blackwell; Reprint edition (October 12, 2007)

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)13339
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)13226
    Midterm Examination (1 week)133
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination7,50
    Total Workload: 70
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 3