Introduction to the Theory of Literature


Admission requirements

Basic eligibility for university studies and the higher education course English I, 30 credits


Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
EN241B revision 1.3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Date of ratification:
15 November 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
15 November 2017

Entry requirements

Basic eligibility for university studies and the higher education course English I, 30 credits

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at undergraduate level.


The students learn how different theories of literature have emerged as responses to particular issues in culture, philosophy, and in society. The course is organized around specific theoretical paradigms (e.g. feminism, Marxism, postcolonialism) and the students learn to frame aesthetic issues using concepts and strategies from these paradigms of theory.


During the course the students develop an understanding of different theories of literature and aesthetics, and thereby develop tools to frame literary and cultural issues in theoretically informed ways.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student:

  1. understands some of the most important distinctions in the theory of literature;
  2. can practice techniques of analysis through concepts and reflect on their own ability to produce interpretations, and;
  3. can seek and evaluate further information within the field of literary theory and aesthetics.

Learning activities

The language of instruction is English.

Learning activities are lectures, seminars, written assignments, self-studies of course literature and independent work on a particular topic.


The course is examined through one oral exam (2,5 credits) and one written assignment (5 credits). Learning outcomes 1 and 3 are examined in the oral exam, and outcomes 1, 2 and 3 in the written assignment.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Dickens, Charles. 2009. Bleak House. [S.l.]: The Floating Press. Available online through the university library.
Levine, Caroline. 2015. Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Further materials to be made available via Canvas.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The language of instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

30 March 2020 - 07 June 2020 Day-time 50% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK