Close-reading and cultural analysis of literary texts


Literature and Culture

7.5 credits

This course is based on a selection of texts that illuminate multicultural aspects of the modern, English-speaking world, mainly from the 1950s onward. The texts, which may be poetry, prose, drama and film, are analysed using literary and/or cultural-theoretical concepts.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Linguistic and cultural knowledge that is useful at work or at home Do you want to work in advertising and PR, translation and interpretation, politics, travel, journalism, international relations, cultural criticism? All these fields require skills in English and knowledge related to different cultures. Studying English at Södertörn University will help you use English, and language in general, in the most effective manner, allowing you to use these skills in advertising, politics or other in professions in which you need a high level of communicative skill. You will also gain the skills you need for employment in a workplace where English is the working language, which makes English a great supplement to other subjects. Studying English brings the opportunity to continue studying at Master’s level and beyond. Read about research in this subject
Literary texts in English and their relationship to cultural conditions This course focuses on the description of cultural and societal conditions in the modern English-speaking world in relation to literature. The texts are from a variety of genres, such as poetry, prose, drama and film, and mainly from the 1950s onward. You will learn to apply fundamental tools and concepts in the close reading and analysis of these texts and produce written and oral analyses, as well as participate in discussions, put forward a point of view, make a presentation, and write a literary essay in English. Course design Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars, and the course is assessed through written examination, written assignments, oral presentations, and attendance at lectures and seminars.
A global language to help you understand the world English is a global language. Learning English opens doors to personal development and future success; you can study or work abroad, gain better understanding of the mechanisms in a multicultural society and think critically about many aspects of current societal and political problems. Learning a foreign language also brings new ways of looking at the problems in the world. English at Södertörn University specialises in teaching and research in English and fields directly linked to the subject, such as linguistics, literature and the culture of English-speaking countries. It encourages critical thinking about the links between historical, social and cultural circumstances, and well as examining how different social groups use language. Another aspect is that of how a language is learned and what influences the process.