Course Title Course Code Program Level
LITERATURE AND TRANSLATION I MYC221 Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures - Applied English and Translation Studies Programme Associate Degree

Course Term
(Course Semester)
Teaching and Learning Methods
Theory Practice Lab Projects/Field Work Seminars/Workshops Other Total Credits ECTS Credits
3 0 3 3 4

Teaching Staff Asst. Prof. Tuğçe ÇANKAYA SIMPSON
Language of Instruction İngilizce (English)
Type Of Course Compulsory
Recommended Optional Programme Component
Course Objectives Students are provided with sufficient background on the concept of ‘genre’, along with analysing certain literary genres. Being familiar with figurative language elements and literary discourse, they will be able to approach literary texts from a critical standpoint, with their knowledge of Literary Theory and Criticism. As language cannot be considered independent from specific linguistic properties but also from cultural aspects of language, reading literature will enhance their cultural knowledge along with linguistic knowledge, which will also help the students who want to translate literary texts from English into their own language.
Course Content This course includes the discussion on the concept of genre, with analysis of certain genres, ranging from short story to tragedy as a dramatic form; from poetry to novel, to familiarise students with literary discourse, to enable them to understand cultural and implicit meanings and to analyse texts from different literary genres by employing certain literary theories.
Learning Outcomes (LO) The students can appreciate certain literary works, with an understanding of the concept ‘genre’, and can employ certain approaches to different texts from different genres, with their enhanced knowledge about literary criticism and theory.
Mode of Delivery Face to face
Course Outline
Week Topics
1. Week What is Literature? Why do we study literature? What is the relation between language, culture and literature? What makes literary discourse different from scientific discourse? What is literary genre?
2. Week What is short story? What are the elements of short story? Analysis of Like A Winding Sheet.
3. Week What is figurative language? Analysing the language properties in Like a Winding Sheet. Discussion on racism and gender (with specific touch on post-colonial and post-feminist criticism).
4. Week What is drama? What are the sub-forms of drama? What is tragedy? What makes a play tragedy (with reference to Aristotle’s Poetics on tragedy).
5. Week Hamlet
6. Week Hamlet
7. Week Discussion on Hamlet, analysing the tragic elements in Hamlet
9. Week The Theatre of the Absurd and Existentialism (Sartrean)
10. Week Waiting For Godot
11. Week What is Poetry as a form? Romantic Poetry (the clashing views on poetics on poetry, Wordsworth - Coleridge) and 20th Century Modern Poetry - Poetry of War (two clashing perspectives – Alfred Lord Tennyson/Wilfred Owen)
12. Week Some examples from the given periods and poets
13. Week What is novel? (with references to Bakhtin) What makes novel different from short story? Methods on how to analyse a novel.
14. Week Discussing on Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Students are expected to read the novel before coming to the class)
Mid-term (%) 35
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Final (%) 60
Other (%) 5 (Participation, attendance, library works, etc.)
Total(%) 100
Course Book (s) and/or References Literary Genres: Fowler, Wellek&Warren, Fishelov Tragedy: Aristotle’s Poetics, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (Harold Bloom), Hamlet (W. Shakespeare), Theatre of the Absurd: Waiting For Godot (S. Beckett), Being and Nothingness (J.P Sartre), Novel: Bakthin’s Epic and Novel, Aspects of Novel, (E.M Forster), Brave New World, (A. Huxley), Literary and Cultural Theory and Criticism: The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol. IX: Twentieth Century Historical, Philosophical and Psychological Perpectives, (ed. K. Knellwolf & C. Norris) Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies (R.C. Davis & R.Schleifer), Romantic Poetry: A Companion to Romanticism (ed. Duncan Wu), Romaticism (Aidan Day), “I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud” (W. Wordsworth), “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, (S. T. Coleridge), War Poetry – Anti-War Poetry: “The Charge of the Light Brigade”(Alfred Lord Tennyson) “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth” (Wilfred Owen)
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