ENG2167 – Linguistics and literature in English
Linguistics is the study of the structure of language and how language is used. Literature involves the use of language, sometimes in ways that push language to its limits.
This course explores ways that theoretical tools from linguistics can be applied to understand how literary texts are interpreted, and, conversely, ways in which literary texts provide interesting data and problems for theories of language and its use.
The course includes discussion of the following:
- How literary texts and their interpretations compare with other kinds of language use
- The open-ended nature of literary texts and the active role of the reader
- Figurative speech, such as metaphor and irony
After completing this course you will
• be familiar with the application of some linguistic theories to the analysis of literary texts
• have knowledge of some theoretical accounts of figurative speech and poetic effects
• have some insight into the contested notion of the meaning of a literary text
• have skills in scholarly writing that applies one or more linguistic theories to literary texts
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The course requires ENG1100 – English Grammar or similar knowledge.
10 credits overlap with ENG4167 – Linguistics and literature in English
The course is taught for 11 weeks of the semester, with a two hour seminar per week: 22 hours in all.
- Attendance is obligatory at 8 out of 11 seminars. Students must play an active role in the seminars in order to pass the course.
- Students are required to hand in one paper of an acceptable standard by a set deadline during the semester to be allowed to submit the term paper.
- Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
The assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately ten standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). This does not include references and bibliography. In the evaluation, both content and language are taken into account.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.