Course code LitZ2155
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 LitZ2155: Introduction into the History of Literary Theory
Course annotation Objectives: 1) to give an insight into the history of literary theory in the Western world from the beginnings in the ancient times to the 20th century; 2) to provide theoretical knowledge of literature and improve students’ability of text comprehension; 3) to provide the knowledge of the most important European literary theoreticians and their works.
Results On succesfull completing the course the students will have acquire knowledge of literary theory and will be able:
- to characterize the development and main ideas of western literary theory;
- to identify and explain different theoretical concepts;
- to apply acquired knowledge for evaluation of processes of culture in a historical and comparative aspects.



Course plan 1. General characterictics of literary theory. L2 S2
2.Literary theory and categories of aesthetics. Antiquity. L4 S4
3.Literary theory of Renaissance, Classicism and the Enligtenment. L4 S4
4.Romanticism and literay theory. L2 S2
5.Differentiation of Schools of literary theory in the 19th century. L2 S2
6.Literary theory and aesthetics in the 20th century. L2 S2






Requirements for obtaining credit points 1) An essay on one of the authors (ca. 5 pages; line spacing: 1,5; font: 12; a short bibliography at the end is required) (30%)
2) Mandatory participation in all seminars (30%)
3) Final written exam (40%)


Study programmes Baltic Philology