Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
4+1 with thesis English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 515 Literary Criticism Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 3 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course aims to present the interdisciplinary field of geocriticism and spatial studies in a literary and cultural context. The course will offer students an opportunity to combine the theoretical aspect of space with real and imagined spaces. The course will be following theoretical framework of geocriticism as well as practical outcomes of geocritical scrutiny in literature. An array of texts and concepts will be evaluated and discussed during the course. The course does not require any background or familiarity of the subject matter, but students’ critical attention and willingness to pre-read the critical texts provided by the instructor; their participation in class discussions is of great importance, and merging the conceptual framework of the course with their projects is vital.

1. To familiarize students with the most prominent space theories.
2. To help students develop a spatial discourse about real and imagined spaces.
3. To help students develop ways of translating spatial theories into modern cultural practice and understanding.

  1. • Course Introduction. “Foreword” by Bertrant Westphal (From Geocritical Explorations)
  2. • “On Geocriticism” by Robert T. Tally Jr. (From Geocritical Explorations) • The European Tribe – Part 1 (pp. 1-71) • Assignment 1 (One and the Other)
  3. • “Geocriticism, Geopoetics, Geophilosophy, and Beyond” by Eric Pierto (From Geocritical Explorations) • The European Tribe – Part 2 (pp. 72-134)
  4. • “The Presencing of Place in Literature: Toward an Embodied Topopoetic Mode of Reading” by Sten Pultz Moslund (From Geocritical Explorations) • Crossing the River – Part 1 (pp. 1-124)
  5. • “Redrawing the Map: An Interdisciplinary Geocritical Approach to Australian Cultural Narratives” by Peta Michell and Jane Stadler (From Geocritical Explorations) • Crossing the River – Part 2 (pp. 126-234) • Assignment 2 (Geophilosophy: Rhizomes)
  6. • “Texual Forests: The Representation of Landscapes in Latin American Narratives” by Maria Mercedes Ortiz Rodrigez (From Geocritical Explorations) • The Nature of Blood – Part 1 (pp. 1-92)
  7. • “Land of Racial Confluence and Spatial Accessibility: Claude McKay’s Sense of Mediterranean Place” by Michael K. Walonen (From Geocritical Explorations) • The Nature of Blood – Part 2 (pp. 92-212)
  9. • “The Shores of Aphrodite’s Island: Cyprus and European Travel Memory, 1600-1700” by Antoine Eche (From Geocritical Explorations) • A Distant Shore – Part 1 (pp. 1-170) • Assignment 3 (Mediterranean)
  10. • “Jefferson’s Ecologies of Exception: Geography, Race, and American Empire in the Age of Globalization” by Christine M. Battista (From Geocritical Explorations) • A Distant Shore – Part 2 (pp. 172-277)
  11. • “Geopolitics, Landscape, and Guilt in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Literature” by Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (From Geocritical Explorations) • Changing Places – Part 1 (pp. 1-119)

  1. • “‘Amid all the maze, uproar and novelty’: The Limits of Other-Space in Sister Carrie” by Rachel Collins (From Geocritical Explorations) • Changing Places – Part 2 (pp. 119-250) • Assignment 4 (Transgression)
  2. • “Furrowing the Soil with His Pen: Derek Walcott’s Topography of the English Countryside” by Joanna Johnson (From Geocritical Explorations) • “Global Positioning from Spain: Mapping Identity in African American Narratives of Travel” by Maria C. Ramos (From Geocritical Explorations) • Lose Your Mother Part 1
  3. • “The Space of Transgression: A Geocritical Study of Albert Camus’s ‘The Adulterous Wife’” Brigitte Le Juez (From Geocritical Explorations) • Affective Mapping in Lyric Poetry (From Geocritical Explorations) • Lose Your Mother Part 2 • Assignment 5 (Transgression 2)


    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)140
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • Geocritical Explorations: Space. Place, and Mapping in Literary and Cultural Studies. Edited by Robert T. Tally Jr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
      • Phillips, Caryl. The European Tribe. New York: Vintage Books, 1987.
      • Phillips, Caryl. A Distant Shore. New York: Vintage Books, 2003.
      • Phillips, Caryl. The Nature of Blood. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
      • Phillips, Caryl. Crossing the River (1993). First Vintage International Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.
      • Lodge, David. Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
      • Hartman, Saidiya. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
      Final Examination(1 week) 0
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination 0
      Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 0
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0