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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 their cultural and historical contexts. By doing several writing assignments students will take the first stepts 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 independently formulate literary-critical questions.

  • be able to express their critical judgement in clear and well structured language.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Reading List

Course Load

The course load fort his course is 280 hours.

  • 13 hours of lectures

  • 26 hours of tutorials

  • 195 hours of reading

  • 30 hours exam preperation

  • 16 hours for the writing assignments

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

Assessment method

  • four short written assignments (20%).

  • a mid-term exam during the exam week in October (30%).

  • an end-of-term exam during the exam week in December (50%).


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

  • Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey (Penguin)

  • Greenblatt, Stephen, et al (eds.). The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th edition, Vol. I and II (Norton)

  • Hamilton, Sharon. Essential Literary Terms (Norton)

  • Hitchcock (dir), Rear Window (DVD)

  • James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw and the Aspern Papers (Penguin)

  • O’Connor, Flannery. Wise Blood (faber and faber)


First year students will be assigned to a tutor group. All other students (including exchange students) must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration via Studeren à la carte
Registration via Contractonderwijs


English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.


The reading for week one will be announced on the announcement page of the Blackboard site in due course.