Prerequisite course for this course is: EN101E English I (passed)
The course constitutes 7.5 credits on the 31-60 level of English as a main subject.
Culture, Narrative and Representation develops a theoretical understanding of narrative, and gives students tools with which to analyse a variety of narratives.
After finishing the course, the student:
1) understands some of the most important distinctions in narrative theory and can analyse narratives by using those distinctions;
2) can practise techniques of close reading and reflect on their own ability to produce interpretations; and
3) can seek and evaluate further information within the field of narrative theory.
Learning activities are lectures, seminars, written assignments, self-studies of course literature and independent work on a particular topic.
The course is assessed through one oral and one written examination. Learning outcomes 1-3 are examined in both examinations.
Eliot, George. Silas Marner. Penguin (1967)
Hurston, Zora N. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Virago (1986)
Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Narrative fiction: contemporary poetics. London: Routledge (2002)
Swift, Graham. Mothering Sunday. London. Scribner (2016)
Trevor, William. The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories. (2010)
The course will also include poems, stories and lyrics used as further examples of concepts discussed in the narrative theory literature. In addition, you will be required to listen to audiobook versions of some of the texts.
The course is concluded with an individual course evaluation focusing on the goals of the course. A summary of the evaluation is results is made available to the students on the university network/learning platform and is discussed in programme councils or similar forums connected to the course.
In a case when a course is no longer given, or the contents have been changed essentially, the student has the right to two re-examination opportunities during a one-year period according to the course plan valid at the time of registration. The department sets the exam opportunities and it is the student’s responsibility to contact the department to find out how and when re-examinations take place.