ENG4167 – 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.
Key questions for this course include:
Are literary texts and their interpretations significantly different from other kinds of language use, and if so how?
Can linguistic theories explain the open-ended nature of literary texts and the active role of the reader?
After completing this course you will
• be familiar with the application of linguistic theories to the analysis of literary texts
• have knowledge of theoretical accounts of figurative speech and poetic effects
• have insight into the contested notion of the meaning of a literary text
• have advanced skills in scholarly writing that applies one or more linguistic theories to literary texts
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Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.
The course is aimed at both language and literature students. All that is required is interest in both linguistic theory and the study of literature, and knowledge of one of them.
10 credits overlap with ENG2167 – Linguistics and literature in English
The course is taught for ten weeks of the semester, with a two hour seminar per week: 20 hours in all.
- Attendance is obligatory at 8 out of 10 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.
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.
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You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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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.