Genre and Literary Analysis


Course Objective

This course will provide a grounding in critical analysis of genre in
English Literature as well as provide a thorough introduction to the
concept of close reading, which will be the basis of all courses in our
program. This course examines the specificities and characteristics that
are associated with various genres of literature -- poetry, fiction, and
drama -- and guides the student through an understanding that genre and
literary form helps shape the way we look at and analyze a text.
Students will become familiar with the terminology used in literary

Course Content

This course will comprise of seminars in which students learn the skill
of close reading. By means of discussions with the instructor and fellow
students, individual, group, and creative exercises, the student will
learn how to analyze a variety of literary texts, how to create their
own interpretation of that text, and how to support that interpretation
with evidence from the text.

Teaching Methods

2x3 hrs seminar hours each week (6 hrs in total p/w).

Method of Assessment

Poetry Explication (30%)
Oral Presentation (20%)
Take home exam (50%)
Students must receive a 5.0 or higher on each assignment to pass the
course (with an average of at least 5.5).

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and
Society” and “Literary Theory.”


The texts to be used in this course will be announced on Canvas ahead of
the course.

Target Audience

Students of the BA program Literature and Society: English.

Additional Information

Attendance in the course seminars is compulsory. If you are absent for
more than 3 seminars (20%), you cannot pass the course. Exceptions may
be made in grave personal circumstances. Make sure to inform both your
lecturer and the academic advisor in such cases.

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 form of tuition (lecture and/or 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_ELBALES105
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Examiner prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Teaching Staff prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar*

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

Target audiences

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