Course code LitZ2164
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
4 6 64 22 42 96
E-courses LitZ2164: Lithuanian Literature I
Course annotation The course is an introduction to Lithuanian literature covering processes of its development from the 16th to the 21st century, its periodization, influences and directions. A survey of particular literature samples and analysis of original texts is provided. The aim of this course is to treat Lithuanian literature in the context of general literary processes of the world.
Results 1. Theoretical material about tendencies of Lithuanian literature and creative work of separate authors is acquired and systematized.
2. The course develops students’ humanitarian competence, analytical ability, and text interpretation skills.
3. Students acquire additional knowledge of Lithuanian literature through several centuries.
4. The course improves the students’ Lithuanian language skills.
Course plan 1.Introduction questions. Planning and distribution of items. Literature of the 14th–16th cent. in Lithuania and its cultural and historical context, written sources of the 16th–18th cent. in Lithuanian language. 2L
2.Kr. Donelaitis, “Seasons”.2L
3.Kr. Donelaitis, “Seasons”.2S
4.Cultural environment of the 19th cent. and Lithuanian literature till 60-ies of the 19th cent. (S. Stanevičius, A. Strazdas, S. Daukantas, L. Ivinskis, M. Valančius, A. Baranauskas, etc.).2L
5.Ban of Lithuanian printing, newspapers „Aušra”, „Varpas”, „Tėvynės sargas” and national revival (1864–1904). Romanticism in the poetry of Maironis.2S
6.Prose of the beginning the 20th cent. (Lazdynų Pelėda, Šatrijos Ragana, J. Biliūnas, A. Vienuolis etc.), features of modernism in literature in the beginning of the 20th cent. (A. Herbačiauskas, J. Lindė-Dobilas. I. Šeinius).2L
7.Žemaitė and the narrative realism. 2S
8.Humanism in the stories of J. Biliūnas.2S
9.National idealism in literature, creative work of V. Krėvė, Vydūnas, Vaižgantas.2L
10.Literary processes in Independent Lithuania (1918–1940).2L
11.Lithuanian poetry of symbolism (F. Kirša, J. Balrušaitis, B. Sruoga, V. Mykolaitis-Putinas).2S
12.Novel „In the shadow od altar” by V. Mykolaitis-Putinas.2S
13.Avangardism in the literature of 20-30-ies of the 20. cent. (K. Binkis, J. Žlabis-Žengė, P. Morkūnas, P. Tarulis, K. Boruta, J. Savickis, etc.). Review on the magazines „Keturi vėjai”, „Trečias frontas”.2S
14.Generation of Lithuanian neoromanticists (A. Miškinis, J. Aistis, S. Nėris, B. Brazdžionis, V. Vaičiulaitis, J. Jankus, K. Jankauskas).2S
15.Revival of realism in prose (J. Paukštelis, I. Simonaitytė, F. Neveravičius, P. Orintaitė, L. Dovydėnas, P. Cvirka, etc.)2L
16.Resistance ideas in Lithuanian literature (1940–1955). Literature of partisans and the exile in Siberia.2S
17.„The forest of Gods” by B. Sruoga.2S
18.K. Boruta and his novel “Baltaragio malūnas”.2S
19.Three generations in Western exile literature.2L
20.Poetry of H. Radauskas, K. Bradūnas, A. Mackus.2S
21.„White cloth” by A. Škėma.2S
22.Soviet Lithuanian literature (1945–1955).2L
23.Lithuanian poetry (1956–1988). Poetry of E. Mieželaitis, J. Degutytė, J. Vaičiūnaitė.2S
24.Lithuanian prose in 1956–1988.2L
25.J. Baltušis and his novel „Sakmė apie Juzę” (Legend of Juzis).2S
26.Lithuanian drama in 1956–1988. Dramas by J. Marcinkevičius - “Mindaugas”, “Mažvydas”, “Cathedral”.2S
27.Lithuanian poetry after 1988. Poetry of M. Martinaitis, S. Geda, V. Bložė, V. Braziūnas.2S
28.Lithuanian prose after 1988.2L
29.J. Ivanauskaitė and her book “Ragana ir lietus” (Which and rain)2S
30.R. Gavelis and his novel “Vilniaus pokeris” (Vilnius poker).2S
31.S. Parulskis and his book „Trys sekundės dangaus” (Three seconds of heaven) or K. Sabaliauskaitė and her novel „Silva Rerum“ (I, II, II).2S
32.Conclusions2S

Requirements for obtaining credit points Course attendance is mandatory. The final mark is formed by the intermediary tests (90 %) and the final examination (10 %). The intermediary tests comprise the following: active participation in seminars and 3 presentations at workshops -30%; 2 research papers (one of them - in Latvian (5-6 pages), the other - in Lithuanian (4-5 pages) – 60%. Written exam – defense of the papers - 10%.
Study programmes Baltic Philology