Introduction to Literature (Az irodalomtudomány alapjai) in spring 2015
Ferencz Győző/Friedrich Judit, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term
description & set texts


List of Lecture Topics

1 (Sept 10) Literary Research. Tools of the Trade. Manuscripts, Texts, Editions, Sources, Resources

2 (Sept 17) Literature and Literary Studies as a Discipline

3 (Sept 24) The Language of Literature. Figures of Speech

4 (Oct 1) Poetry. Poetry and Prose. Sound Patterning. Prosody. Rhymes. Stanza Forms

5 (Oct 8) Poetry. Genres. Epic, Dramatic and Lyric Poetry. Songs, Ballads, Odes, Elegies, etc.

6 (Oct 15) Special Event: Tibor Fischer in class and launch of "Good to Be 56", a volume of student essays on his work (Original topic for lecture: Writing about Literature. From Informal to Professional. Personal Essay and Research Paper)

7 (Oct 22) Drama as a Multimedia Form of Art. Routine, Conflict, Status Games

[(Oct 29) Autumn Break]

8 (Nov 5) Drama. The Changing Historical Context of Theatre

9 (Nov 12) Period Study. Literary History. Cultural Memory.

10 (Nov 19) Fiction. Story, Plot, Narrative Voice

11 (Nov 26) Fiction. Genres of Narrative Fiction. History of the Form

12 (Dec 3) Literary Theory. Gender, Culture and Adaptation Studies

13 (Dec 10) Literatures in English. Postcolonial Studies. Literary Translation


Alexander, Michael: A History of English Literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (2007)

Baldick, Chris: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008

Cavanagh, Clare; Ramazani, Jahan; Rouzer, Paul, eds.: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012

Childs, Peter; Fowler, Roger: The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms. London: Routledge, 2005

Cuddon, J. A.: Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. Malden, MA/Oxford: Wiley-Blakwell, 2013

da Sousa Correa, Della; Owens, W. R., eds.: The Handbook to Literary Research. London, New York: Routledge, 2010

Fry, Stephen: The Ode Less Travelled. Unlocking the Poem Within. London: Hutchinson, 2005

Gibaldi, Joseph: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009

Guerin, Wilfred L.; Labor, Earle; Morgan, Lee; Reeseman, Jeanne C.; Willingham, John R.: A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature. 4th ed.. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999

Hobsbaum, Philip: Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form. London: Routledge, 1996

Leech, Geoffrey N.: A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry. Harlow: Longman, 1969

Montgomery, Martin; Durant, Alan; Fabb, Nigel; Furniss, Tom; Sara Mills, Sara: Ways of Reading: Advanced Reading Skills for Students of English Literature. 4th ed. London: Routledge, 2021

Peck, John; Coyle, Martin: Literary Terms and Criticism (Palgrave Key Concepts). 3rd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002

Preminger, Alex, Brogan, T.V.F., Warnke, Frank J., eds: The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993

requirements & assessment
The course will be followed by a written exam based on the lectures. Please consult the list of terms under Course Material.