Dear Students,

welcome to the Gateways to English Literary and Cultural Studies! Congratulations on having chosen the "flexible mode" version of the courses "Foundation Literature I" and "Foundation Literature II"! We are sure that you will find this new way of learning environment exciting and rewarding. Since this is a test-drive, both you and we as the teaching team are likely to encounter some technical, organisational or other problems. Please see them as challenges and don't let them discourage you. We would like to encourage you to give us your opinion on the course any time, so please let us know what you think of the whole enterprise. The Gateways to English Literary and Cultural Studies area is designed to provide you with additional information concerning various issues in the field of English Literary Studies which can only be partially covered or which cannot be dealt with in the lecture at all. Therefore, the whole module should be conceived of as a self-study guide to the courses "Foundation Literature I" and "Foundation Literature II".

Background Information

  • the role of "Foundation Literature I" and "Foundation Literature II" in your studies of English Literature
"Foundation Literature I" is the first course you take in the field of literature. Like the introductions to Linguistics and Culture Cultural Studies, these two courses are designed to prepare you for the subsequent Proseminars and Seminars in the field of English literary studies.

Aims and Objectives

  • the rationale behind "Foundation Literature I" and "Foundation Literature II"
The course "Foundation Literature I" aims at introducing you to the study of English Literature. It provides you with the basic tools of literary scholarship and focusses on two main areas, i.e. research (including the use of the library and of other sources as well as the actual writing of a paper, i.e. academic study skills, writing and presentation skills) and literary analysis (including literary genres, key terms, schools of literary criticism). As an introductory course, "Foundation Literature I" prepares you for your work in higher courseslike Proseminars and Seminars. The course "Foundation Litertature II" provides you with a historical overview of the development and interdependence of British and post-colonial literatures, i.e. new literatures written in English. Moreover, in this course you'll also deal with a selection of texts (cf. core-reading list) offering you an insight into sociocultural, historical and political contexts of the texts in question.
Objectives

  • what you can expect to gain from "Foundation Literature I" and "Foundation Literature II"
When you have passed "Foundation Literature I" together with the course "Academic Research Skills and Techniques" you should
- be able to find your way in the library and know how to use ALEPH and the card catalogue
- be able to find and check information in reference works
- be able to do research not only in the library but also using e.g. web-based resources, audio- and video resources etc.
- be able to write a research paper
- be familiar with key aspects of literary theory and methods of criticism
- be familiar with the basic terminology of literary analysis
- be familiar with the most important characteristics of the various literary genres
- be able to analyse and interpret poetry, prose fiction and drama
When you have passed "Foundation Literature II" you should
- be able to get an insight into the development of British and post-colonial literatures
- be familiar with sociocultural, political and historical contexts within which the literatures discussed are embedded
- be familiar with the basic terminology of literary analysis of British and post-colonial literatures