Literary Theory


Course Objective

Students become acquainted with various traditions in literary theory,
including psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism, New Criticism, reader
response theory, structuralism, deconstruction, queer studies, New
Historicism, African American studies, and postcolonial theory.

Course Content

Each meeting, the basic tenets of a particular tradition in literary
theory are discussed. Subsequently, students apply this theoretical
perspective to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" (1925).

Teaching Methods

Seminar meetings, 3 x 2 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Written exam.

Entry Requirements

Students must also take (or have taken) part in the module “Literature,
Culture, and Society.”


F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" (1925)
Lois Tyson, "Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide," Third
Edition (2015)

Target Audience

This module is part of the Bachelor’s program English Literature &

Additional Information

The level of English in this module is high.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the preferred seminar group, and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (iii) the exam, but not for (ii) the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBALES101
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
Examiner dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
Teaching Staff dr. R.V.J. van den Oever

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Practical*, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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