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EGERTON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE, LANGUAGES & LINGUISTICS SEPTEMBER –December 2013 SESSION Bachelor of Education (Arts) Bachelor of Arts Course Description: LITT 111: Introduction to Literature and Literacy criticism The course is designed to nurture creativity and intellectual involvement and to introduce students to literature and literary criticism. It will focus on specific and general issues in literary education that will include:          Definition and nature of li
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  Egerton University is ISO 9001: 2008 Certified Page 1 EGERTON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE, LANGUAGES & LINGUISTICS SEPTEMBER  –  December 2013 SESSION Bachelor of Education (Arts) Bachelor of Arts Course Description: LITT 111: Introduction to Literature and Literacy criticism The course is designed to nurture creativity and intellectual involvement and to introduce students to literature and literary criticism. It will focus on specific and general issues in literary education that will include:    Definition and nature of literature and literary criticism;    Relevance of literature in the contemporary society;    Importance of literacy criticism to the study and appreciation of literary;    History of literary criticism (including of Plato and Aristotle, Horace and Longinus);    Introduction to the genres of literature    Critical thinking and interpretation/evaluation of literary tests;    literary and stylistic devices  –   symbolism, allegory, analogy, stream of consciousness, narrative structure, irony, satire;    Concepts of literacy criticism (aesthetic effect, plot, character and characterization, description, etc);    Book reviews, literary essay, writing for newspapers, magazines,etc. Requirements and assessment Students will be assessed through continuous assessment tests as well as group work assignment. All these will contribute a total of 30 marks for the continuous assessment tests (CATS) score. The remaining 70 marks will come from the examination which will be done at the end of the semester Course texts Students are encouraged to read as many creative texts as possible as well as introductory critical texts in literature and criticism. Most of the texts are available library as well as the bookshop. It is advisable to use internet in reference to various issues contained in the course description.  Egerton University is ISO 9001: 2008 Certified Page 2 Primary tests Achebe, Chinua(1998). Things Fall Apart  . Nairobi: EAEP. Ayi Kwei Armah, (1968). The Beautiful ones Are Not Yet Born , London: Heinemanu Kinyanjui, K. (2012). The Last Villains of Molo.  Nairobi: Longhorn publishers. Imbuga, F. (1981).  Betrayal in the City . Nairobi: EAEP. Macgoye, M.O (1998)  Make it Sing & other poems . Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers ltd. Mbungua, N.(2011).  Different colours.  Nairobi: Big books  Ngugi, W. (1967).  A Grain of Wheat  . Nairobi: Heinemann. Orwell, G (1945). The Animal Farm . London: Longman Group Ltd. Okot P. Bitek. (1972). Song of Lawino . Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers. Ruganda, John. Shreds of Tenderness.  Nairobi: Oxford University Press, 2001. (Various poems by poets across the globe will be provided to   the class for close scrutiny. Students are advised to engage the following poets: William Shakespeare, Yeats, Alice Walker, Maya Angeiou, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Philip LarKin, Langston Hughes, Wole Soyinka, Dennis Brutus, Dambudzo Marechera, Jack Mapanje, Jared Angira, David Rubadiri, Marjorie Oludhe ' Macgoye, etc). Secondary Texts This list of critical texts is not exhaustive as there are countless books that are useful in understanding literature and criticism. Students are encouraged to identify several relevant texts and read widely. Once again, intelligent reference to internet sources is encouraged. Barnet, Sylvan and William E. Cain.  A Short Guide to Writing about Literature, 8 th  ed. New York: Longman, 2004. Bressler, Charles E.  Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice.  New Jersey: Harmon, William, ed. Classic Writings on Poetry. Calcutta: Seagull, 2006. Hudson, W. H.  An Introduction to the Study of Literature, 2 nd  ed. Delhi: AITBS, 2006. Kennedy, X. J., (compiler).  Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama, 5 th  ed.  New York: Harper Collins, 1991. Peck, John and Martin Coyle.  Literary Terms and Criticism, 2 nd  ed. London: Macmillan, 1993. Upham, Alfred H. Typical Forms of English Literature: An Introduction to the Historical and Critical Study of English Literature for College Classes. Delhi: AITBS Publishers, 2004. Wellek, Rene and Austin Warren. Theory of Literature. London: Penguin Books, 1985. Course Lecturer: Mr. Weldon Kowogen. kowogen@yahoo.com
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