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Literature 1A: Introduction to Literary Studies in English


Admission requirements



During this course students (of English) will learn the basic skills necessary for the study of (English-language) literature. The student will learn how to analyse poetry, prose and drama by studying works from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The focus will lie on the structural and stylitic elements of works of literature as well as their cultural and historical contexts. By doing several writing assignments students will take the first steps towards writing literary-critical essays.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will

  • have knowledge of key structural and stylistic aspects of poetry, drama and prose fiction.

  • be able to apply key literary terms in their critical reading of literary texts.

  • be able to express their critical judgement in clear and well-structured academic prose.


The timetable is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • Self-motivated sudy of assigned reading

Course Load

The course load fort his course is 280 hours.

  • 39 hours of lectures and tutorials

  • 193 hours of reading (approximately 15 hours per week, but some weeks more than others)

  • 30 hours exam preperation (revision) and making the exam

  • 16 hours for the writing assignments

  • Tutoring/opportunity to inspect exams: 2 hours.

  • These are approximate calculations only. Some students will read quicker and write slower and vice versa

Assessment method


  • Several short written assignments, during the mid-term week; minimum grade: 6 (30%).

  • A 3 hour end-of-term exam in December or January; minimum grade: 5 (70%).


  • Several short written assignments, during the mid-term week; minimum grade: 6 (30%).

  • A 3 hour end-of-term exam in December or January; minimum grade: 5 (70%).

The final grade is determined by calculating the average grade for the above-mentioned assignment and exam, which is rounded to the nearest half. A final grade below 5,5 (also 5,49) is insufficient.


Only when the final grade is insufficient can students resit insufficient exam(s) and/or assignments . The resit grade will replace the original grade.


Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two tutorials means that students will be excluded from the tutorials. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaids's Tale (vintage)

  • Greenblatt, Stephen, et al (eds.). The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 10th edition (Norton) [NOTE: do NOT buy the abridged “Major Authors” edition of the Norton Anthology].

  • Klarer, Mario. An Introduction to Literary Studies (foutledge 2013)

  • Hitchcock (dir), Rear Window (DVD)

  • Syllabus 2019-2020


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies.

Students other than from the BA English language and culture cannot take this course.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk


The reading for week 1 will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the course.