Course code LitZ2183
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 14 50 96
E-courses LitZ2183: The history of Latvian literature form the beginnings till the end of the 19th cenury
Course annotation
Objectives: 1) to give an insight in spiritual processes of Latvian society (reformation, baroque, enlightenment, the movement of New-Latvians and national awakening); 2) to analyze the history of Latvian literature as a united process from the point of view of theory of genres, trends and the impact of foreign literature; 3) to pay attention to Latvian literature as a part of European literature in the aspect of translations and impacts; 4) to master knowledge in literary theory and text analyses. Brief summary: Latvian literature as a component Latvia`s culture historical process.
Knowledge in Latvian literature from the beginnings till the end of 19th century.
Abilities to analyze a literary text in a historical and comparative aspect making use of the knowledge in literary theory and text analyses.

Course plan
1.The beginnings of Latvian written culture: petroglifs, signs on stones and ornament2 L
2.The beginnings of literature in Latvian in the 16th century2 L
3.Poetry in Latvia till the second half of 17th century: protestant and catholic spiritual songs. Poems of dedication2 S
4.G.Mancel in the history of Latvian culture: sermons and dictionary2 S
5.The translation of Bible in Latvian: Jānis Reiters and E.Glück. 2 L, 2S
6.Poetry in Latvian in the age of baroque.S S
7.Enlightenment and Latvian literature: G.Merkels works as the source of Latvian national romanticism; J.G.Herder and the beginnings of Latvian folkloristics. 2 S
8.Enlightenment and Latvian literature: G.F.Stender. 2 S
9.Popular or peasants Enlightenment in Vidzeme and Kurzeme: the beginnings of Latvian periodicals etc. 2L, 2 S
10.The elements of theatre in Latvian folklore. The first plays in Latvian. K.G.Elferfeld, A.J.Stender2 S
11.A glimpse in the hernhuterian literature in Latvian. Hernhuterian heritage and Latvian literature2 S
12.Latvian literature at the beginnings of the 19th century: The Latvian Literary (Friends) Society of Latvian friends. A.Bielenstein. 2 L
13.The movement of Latvian national awakening and periodicals. A.Kronvalds, Kr. Valdemārs. 2 L, 2S
14. Poetry. Neredzīgais Indriķis. A.Līventāls. E.Dinsberģis. J.Ruģēns un J.Alunāns.4 S
15. The birth of Latvian folkloristics and literary criticism. Auseklis2 S
16. The problem of Latvian epic at the 2nd half of the 19th century. Pumpurs and “Lāčplēsis”. 2 L, 2 S
17.On the crossroads of sentimentalism and romanticism. J.Esenberģis and Vensku Edvards. 2 S
18. Test in Latvian poetry of the 19th century. 2 S
19. Latvian prose at the 1st half and in the middle of the 19th century. A.Leitāns. Kr.Barons. J.Neikens. 2 S
20.Latvian prose at the 2nd half of the 19th century. Apsīšu Jēkabs. Brothers Kaudzītes “Mērnieku laiki”. Māteru Juris. Jānis Esenberģis. 10 S
21.Testi in Latvian prose of the 19th century. 2 S
22.Latvian playwriters of the 19th century. Ād.Alunāns – dramatist, producer and actor. 4 S

Requirements for obtaining credit points
1) 85% attendance of seminars and lectures; those who have missed tutorials, must proof their knowledge at the consultations;
2) 2 tests in 19cnt.Latvian poetry and prose (50% of final evaluation);
3) exam (50% of the final evaluation) consists of an answer on two theoretical questions (75%) and text analyses (25%).
Study programmes Baltic Philology