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11.2.2020 at 09:00 - 3.3.2020 at 23:59



The Master's Programme in Literary Studies is responsible for the course.

The course is an optional part of the following modules:

  • KIR-T300 Literary Studies, Advanced Studies, at least 90 cr
  • KIR-O300 Literary Studies, Advanced Studies, Subject Teacher Education, 60 cr
  • KIR-301 Literary Studies, Optional Advanced Studies, 60 cr
  • KIR-310 Theory and Methods of Literary Studies, Module, 15 cr

The course is also available to students of the Master's Programme in Art Studies as part of the module KIR-Y300 Comparative Literature, Advanced Studies, 60 cr.

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

After completing the course, students will be able to describe and evaluate narratives, narrative structures and the theories that examine their effects. In addition to this, students will be able to define concepts related to these elements. Students will know how to distinguish between the ways how different narrative theories set their research questions and seek to resolve them. Students also understand how these solutions are justified in the theories. Furthermore, students will be able to apply this research tradition to conducting literary analysis.

The course focuses on narrative theory, and during the course these concepts will be applied to the analysis of literary texts.

If the course will be completed as a book examination, students can choose 2-3 from the following works (500-750 pages). The literature for the examination will be agreed upon with the responsible person of the course.

M. Fludernik, Towards ”Natural” Narratology;
M-L. Ryan, Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence and Narrative Theory tai Narrative as Virtual Reality;
D. Herman, Story Logics;
D. Cohn, Transparent Minds;
A. Palmer, Social Minds in the Novel;
Author and Narrator: Transdisciplinary Contributions to a Narratological Debate (ed. D. Birke ja T. Köppe) or T. Kindt & H-H. Müller, The Implied Author. Concept and Controversy.

The works have to differ from the literature for the course TTK-YL221 Narrative Theory, if that course is completed.

Graded on a scale of 0–5. Assessment evaluates the students' knowledge of theoretical approaches and ability to recognise the various problems related to the theories and their applications, as well as their ability to independently resolve these issues.

Completed as a lecture course, practicum course, Faculty examination, or essay. The literature to be studied for the Faculty examination or the essay topic will be agreed upon with the examiner.