EKIA409 Literary Texts - Prose Fiction (4 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



A variety of prose fiction (extracts from novels and short stories)

Completion methods

Group work and contact teaching - more details below.

Weekly guided tasks on typically two fairly short passages of prose fiction are prepared each week by the students for small group discussion prior to whole group discussion. This process of collaboration in discussion is a very valuable way of discovering, formulating, and refining our critical judgments (the method may be described therefore as ‘heuristic’, i.e. the learning takes place through discoveries that result from ideas that come from the student).

Assessment details

Assessment by written assignment.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students are expected to be able to:

•formulate and give evidence for their own critical opinions
•discuss themes in a variety of passages of American, British and Irish prose fiction covering a variety of periods and genres (short stories, extracts from novels, possibly plays)
•analyse the methods employed by the writers to express their themes
•identify some principal defining characteristics of various writers and periods.

Additional information

In view of the heuristic process described above it is important that students are willing to play an active part in discussing in small groups their responses to the weekly tasks prepared at home.

Attendance policy. 100% attendance is usually expected. The effect of any necessary absences on that student's work will be assessed by the teacher, and where necessary extra work in compensation may be required. More than two absences may result in the student having to leave to course, if in the teacher's judgment too much has been missed.

Description of prerequisites

EKIP403 An Introduction to Literary Studies

Study materials

Usually all provided in Optima.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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