English Literary Studies

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    English Literary Studies

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    What is ?literature? and how does it work? How can we read and write critically? What can close attention to plays, novels and poems tell us? How can we trace the shift from ?English literature? to ?literature in English? in a 21st-century world? This introduction to literary studies introduces students to a range of critical tools and methods for reading and writing about texts in the most interesting and thought-provoking ways possible. This course aims to introduce students to literary and rhetorical terms, and to basic issues in literary studies. Different literary genres will be explored and analysed, including the novel, poetry and drama. Students will be
    introduced to different kinds of critical writing and will engage in honing their own writing skills.

    DP requirements: All written work to be handed in and at least 75% attendance at tutorials.

    Assessment: Lecture series: two-hour examination counts for 50% of the final mark; tutorial classwork counts for 50%.

    NOTE: Credit will not be given for both ELL1013F and ELL1009F.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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