Head of the Program: Prof. Dr. Visam Mansur

Description

The program provides specialized knowledge in English Literature with emphasis on certain Period-Literature, literary genres, literary theory and criticism, major English and American critics and authors, world literatures in English translation and research methodology.

Graduates in this program may work in academia, research centers, media, and management, and may assume leadership positions in public and private educational institutes.

To be eligible for the M.A. degree in English Literature, students must complete a total of 21 credits + Seminar in English Literature and submit a thesis supervised by an academic advisor appointed by the university. The coursework requires intensive reading and research as well as seminar reports and discussions. An oral comprehensive examination is part of the defense of the thesis.

General Information about the Program

  • The Language of the program is English
  • The program is composed of 7 courses + seminar (21credits)
  • In addition to the 7 courses and Seminar students are required to submit a supervised graduation thesis in accordance with the requirement of the Institute.
  • Minimum period required to earn the degree is three semesters

 

Courses Table

1. Semester

Teorik

Uyg

Kredi

AKTS

STUDIES IN EARLY EUROPEAN AND ENGLISH DRAMA

3

0

3

6

INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S WRITING

3

0

3

6

FILM AND LITERATURE STUDIES

3

0

3

6

RESEARCH METHODS IN LITERATURE

3

0

3

6

 

12

0

12

24

 

2. Semester

Teorik

Uyg

Kredi

AKTS

STUDIES IN MODERN DRAMA

3

0

3

6

STUDIES IN LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM

3

0

3

6

STUDIES IN MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE

3

0

3

6

SEMINAR IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

3

0

0

18

 

12

0

9

36

 

 

 

2nd YEAR

 

Teorik

Uyg.

Kredi

AKTS

ELL 599

M.A. THESIS

0

0

0

60

   

 

 

 

60

 

TOPLAM

24

0

21

120

 

 

 

Courses Description

STUDIES IN EARLY EUROPEAN AND ENGLISH DRAMA

The course aims at exploring in depth themes and techniques in the writings of major influential playwrights from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Elizabethan era. Dramatists such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and others will be examined. Most of the time students will find themselves examining the achievement of those writers in the light of various contemporary literary theories.  

 

INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S WRITING

The course focuses on significant issues raised in and by women-authored works, including representations of gender roles and sexualities, and the cultural status and uses of women's literature. The emphasis is on the cultural and historical contexts of British, American, and Anglophone women's writing. The course will include a variety of texts and authors, including significant attention to minority women writers. Authors from any period(s) in British, American and World literature may be included.

 

FILM AND LITERATURE STUDIES

The course examines the intersections, adaptations, crossovers as well as cultural adaptions between film and literature. How do these two areas of artistic production influence each other? What are the differences between film and book version of a given text? What are formal considerations of each one of them? This course requires both viewing and reading of the assigned material. Texts and films include (but are not limited to): Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Blade Runner, Sherlock Holmes.

 

RESEARCH METHODS IN LITERATURE

The course focuses attention on three main areas: research, citation and publication. Methods in these areas vary from one researcher to another and from one discipline to another. In view of this, the course will be as eclectic as possible in its approach and will focus attention on the practical side of the process rather than the theoretical. The course aims at: developing students skills in research methodology; familiarizing students with various style sheets such as MLA, APA, Chicago-Turabian, etc.; enabling students to apply citation standards to their writings; exposing students to the ins and outs of writing for publications; exposing students to the various types and categories of academic and non-academic publications; and encouraging students to publish or at least send some of their writings for publication.

 

STUDIES IN MODERN DRAMA

The course aims at exploring in depth themes and techniques in the writings of major influential playwrights from the 18th century to the present. Dramatists such as Goldsmith, Wilde, Ibsen, Shaw, Osborne, Beckett, Pinter, Miller, Ayckbourn, Mamet, Ravenhill and others will be examined. Most of the time students will find themselves examining the achievement of those writers in the light of various contemporary literary theories. 

 

STUDIES IN LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM

The course investigates the field of literary theory, a central component of contemporary studies in English and world literature. The structure of this course is historically based, arranged as a genealogy of theoretical paradigms, beginning in the early 20th century - when literary theory first developed as a formal discipline - and following the evolution of literary theory into the present day. From text-centric Russian formalism to contemporary gynocriticism and poststructuralist theories, students will explore the basic principles and preeminent texts that have defined many of the major critical debates surrounding literature over the past hundred years.

 

STUDIES IN MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE

A study of the literature of Modernism and its aftermath, focusing on the poetry, drama, and fiction of Great Britain and the USA since 1900. Authors will include such figures as Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Conrad, Miller, Beckett and several others.

 

GRADUATE SEMINAR

In order to prepare the students for writing their MA dissertations, the course requires that each student enrolled in the program present a full length paper on a topic determined previously with the course advisor. The topic of the presentation should be related to the student’s thesis area. The presentation may take place in front of classroom colleagues or in front of interested university and public audience.

M.A. THESIS

The course enables the students to understand and practice the methods of writing an M.A. thesis, such as presenting a meaningful and well organized proposal that carries a thesis or idea to be developed or argued. Then students learn to explore and elaborate their potential ideas in various chapters that lead to a substantial conclusion. All is done while the students keeping vigilant eyes on the rules and regulations of writing in accordance with a specified style sheet.