Analyzing Text and Context (LIT 212)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Literature(LIT)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Hülya Adak hadak@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
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Interactive lecture,Workshop,Seminar
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning
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CONTENT

Whatever our profession or interests, we are surrounded by texts in our daily lives: newspapers, advertising, instruction manuals and novels, to name only a few. This course introduces the interpretive strategies necessary to be critical readers of the texts we encounter. While the emphasis will be primarily on the written word and the methods of literary criticism, the course may also take up other cultural "texts," in a larger sense, ranging from film and video to fashion and opera. In all cases, the production, reception and use of texts in specific cultural contexts will be given close attention.

OBJECTIVE

This course introduces the interpretive strategies necessary to be critical readers of the texts we encounter. While the emphasis will be primarily on the written word and the methods of literary criticism, the course may also take up other cultural "texts," in a larger sense, ranging from film and video to fashion and opera. In all cases, the production, reception and use of texts in specific cultural contexts will be given close attention.

LEARNING OUTCOME

an appreciation of the complexities of literary language and literary texts and an awareness of the interconnections between literature and its social, political, cultural contexts

an understanding of the basic skills of literary interpretation and of how different texts can be read in relation to each other

ability to identify connections between textual analysis and methodologies of cultural analysis used in disciplines such as sociology, visual studies and anthropology

knowledge of how to apply the methods of textual and cultural analysis to write an academic paper

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Midterm 30
Assignment 30
Term-Paper 30
Participation 10

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

Balzac, Honoré de. Sarrasine. 1830. Hard Press, 2006.
Foucault, Michel, ed. Herculine Barbin, Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century Hermaphrodite. New York: Colophon, 1980.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Herland and Selected Stories. 1915. Signet Classics, 1992.
Laclos, Pierre Choderlos. Dangerous Liaisons. 1782. London: Penguin, 1961.
Lee, Tanith. "Wolfland."Don't Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North American and England. Ed. Jack Zipes. New York: Routledge, 1991.
LeGuin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. 1969. Orbit, 1982.
Sexton, Anne. "Red Riding Hood." Transformations. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1972.
Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. 1601