Course 2021-2022

Literary theory [LANGB005]

  • 5 credits
  • 45h
  • 2nd quarter
Language of instruction: English

Learning outcomes

Arrive at a good understanding of the history of Literary Studies, its subdivisions and its various theoretical paradigms. Discuss its objectives, its problems and the place it occupies within the Humanities. Develop the student's sense of intellectual rigour by stimulating critical epistemological and methodological reflection. Further improve knowledge of the English language.


See "Acquis".


After analyzing the complex relationships between the "scholarly" or "scientific" study of literature and various other ways of speaking about literature, the course covers the major trends in literary theory and their links with philosophy, sociology, linguistics, psychology, structuralism, ideology critique, etc.

Table of contents



Teaching methods

Interactive teaching: Students have previously studied the chapter indicated in the syllabus. The teacher replies to questions from students and puts his questions to them. Extra examples and material for discussion are provided.


Written exam. A model of the exam will be posted on WebCampus.

Recommended readings

Handbook: Dirk Delabastita, The Undergraduate's Rough Guide to Literary Theory (syllabus)

Language of instruction


Location for course



Faculté de philosophie et lettres
Rue de Bruxelles, 61
5000 NAMUR

Degree of Reference

Undergraduate Degree