Course code LitZ1049
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 16 16 48
E-courses LitZ1049: Introduction to Literary Criticism
Course annotation The goal of the course is to introduce the students to the theory of literary criticism, history and practice; the dynamic relation of history of literature and literary criticism; contemporary styles and methods of criticism; the interpretation of poetry and drama; the history of critical thought ; prose, poetry and drama interpretation according to modern theoretical approaches and the specific character of an individual manner of writing.
Results On successful completion of this course, students will have achieved the understanding about the theory lof iterary criticism, history and practice.
This course gives the chance to understand history of literature, theory and criticism in their interrelation and interaction.
Course plan 1.The content and special issues of the course, requirements to earn the credit points. The selection of the texts for analysis L1
2.Literature and criticism, reception of literature and ethics of criticism L1
3.The theory of literature L2
4.The probability / impossibility of the history of iterature L1
5.The concept of literary criticism, its origin and relations with the history and theory of literature L3
6.The history of literary criticism in Latvia. The functions of literary criticism L2
7.The tendencies in the process of literature and the main figures in modern prose L2 S6
8.The tendencies in the process of literature and the main figures in modern poetry L2 S5
9.The tendencies in the process of literature and the main figures in modern drama L2 S5
Requirements for obtaining credit points Attendance of the lectures – at least 75%
Attendance of the seminars – obligatory
A prepared written critical article about one of recent Latvian fiction books and presented in class – obligatory (50%)
The final test – 50%
Study programmes Baltic Philology