2023-2024 / LGER0079-1

Introduction to Modern English Literature III


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Daria Tunca

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course will focus on developing students' methodological skills in order to analyse literary texts. Following a revision of basic terminology in literary studies, the class will be devoted to close reading texts from different genres (poetry, drama, short and long fiction), as well as to improving students' ability to engage with secondary sources. In the final part of the course, we will additionally engage with non-literary theory. In 2023-2024, the course will be organized around the theme of justice.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Upon completion of the course, students will have consolidated their methodological skills when analysing literary texts; they will have improved their ability to engage with secondary sources; and they will be able to understand relevant non-literary theory and apply it to the analysis of literature.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Very good knowledge of English.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The class will mostly consist of interactive sessions. Students are expected to read and prepare the texts to be discussed in class, and they will be asked to complete two short written assignments prior to the sessions on the long texts (play, novel).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Required readings include a poem, short stories, a novel, a play, and non-literary theory.

The novel to be studied in class is: Ian McEwan, The Children Act (2014). Edition used in class: Vintage Classics, 2017.

The play to be studied in class is: William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1600). Edition used in class: Arden Shakespeare, 2010.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Other : Oral exam

Additional information:

Written exam and oral exam. The final mark will take into account the students' level of English, their ability to develop an original scholarly argument based on secondary sources, and their ability to understand relevant non-literary theory and apply it to set texts.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will be held during the first term (Wednesday, 9-11 am). The first session will take place on Wednesday 20 September 2023 in room A4/S100.



Daria Tunca Department of Modern Languages: Linguistics, Literature, Translation University of Liège Place Cockerill, 3-5 (A2) B-4000 Liège Belgium
Email: dtunca@uliege.be Phone: + 32 (0) 4 366 53 44

Association of one or more MOOCs

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Lecture notes
Lecture notes will be made available during the term via the e-Campus platform.