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Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2022/23 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2023/24
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Pflichtvorlesung: Introduction to Literary Studies    Sprache: Englisch    Keine Belegung möglich
(Keine Nummer) Vorlesung     WiSe 2022/23     1 SWS     jedes 2. Semester    
   Lehreinheit: Anglistik    
   Teilnehmer/-in  Maximal : 700  
   Zugeordnete Lehrperson:   Heyl
   Termin: Montag   16:00  -  18:00    14-tgl.
Beginn : 10.10.2022   
      Raum :   S04 T01 A01 Großer Hörsaal   S04T Hörsaalzentrum  

A reader will be made available to you for free via Moodle. You will need to read and prepare material in the reader for each session.

You will also need to buy and read two books. You will need them from the first week of the semester, so buy them now:

  • Michael Meyer, English and American Literatures. 4. Auflage. UTB Basics. ISBN-13: 978-3825-235505.
  • Christoph Heyl, Kleine Englische Literaturgeschichte. J.B. Metzler. ISBN-13: 978-3476045096.

It is absolutely necessary to buy the two books and to download the reader. It is also absolutely necessary to attend both the lecture course (Vorlesung) and one of the Grundkurse.


As all other obligatory introductions in the field of Anglophone Studies, the Introduction to Literary Studies is of elementary importance to all new students. It will be your first and crucial step towards becoming an expert reader of literature written in English. The more you know, the more you see; the more you see, the more you can try to understand, which makes the whole process of reading even more exciting and rewarding. This course will therefore help you to see more and to get to grips with all sorts of texts by covering topics such as:

  • What is literature? Why study literature?
  • The major genres of literature (poetry, drama, narrative fiction).
  • Key developments in the history of these genres in English literature and their cultural contexts.
  • Literary theory and critical approaches, i.e. how to do things with texts in more than one way.
  • How to use essential digital resources.
  • How to write a seminar paper.
  • What to do when you get stuck and you absolutely don’t know what to do … and much more besides.


Yes, this is a Pflichtveranstaltung, but it is also very much about enjoying literature.

The Introduction to Literary Studies will be extremely useful for all further courses in literary as well as cultural studies you will take while at university. It will be your first step towards enjoying literature even more than you do already, and also towards writing successful seminar papers, BA and MA theses.


The Introduction to Literary Studies consists of two elements: A lecture course (Vorlesung) and seminar-type courses (Grundkurse). The lecture and the Grundkurs format alternate on a weekly basis throughout the semester. They belong together, it is essential to attend both. The lecture is taught by Prof. Heyl, the Grundkurse by members of the Introduction team.


We currently assume that teaching will be entirely on campus and in person. This, however depends on the further development of the Pandemic. Watch this space, and read all e-mails sent to your official university e-mail address.


You must sign up for one of the Grundkurse on LSF and join the Moodle course for the lecture (the Moodle course is called Vorlesung Introduction to Literary Studies). The Moodle course is called Vorlesung Introduction to Literary Studies WS 22-23. The Moodle password is IntroLiteraryStudiesWS22.

You may receive further information via e-mail. Please make sure to use and check your official university e-mail addresses at all times. This is absolutely essential. Do not use any other addresses, and do not have e-mails sent to your university address forwarded to other addresses. Our experience in the last semester has shown that using non-university addresses / forwarding mails will lead to our messages bouncing back in very many cases.


Die Einführungsveranstaltung in die Literaturwissenschaft besteht aus der Vorlesung “Introduction to Literary Studies” und einem sie ergänzenden Seminar („Grundkurs“), in dem das in der Vorlesung behandelte Fachwissen an exemplarischen Beispielen veranschaulicht und vertieft wird. Vorlesung und Seminar wechseln das gesamte Semester hindurch wochenweise ab (in einer Woche gehen Sie also in die Vorlesung, in der nächsten ins Seminar, in der nächsten wieder in die Vorlesung usw.). Das Seminar ist der ergänzende Pflicht-Grundkurs zur Vorlesung „Introduction to Literary Studies“, Vorlesung und Seminar bilden also eine Einheit.

Besonder Hinweis:

Eine Anmeldung zur Vorlesung im LSF ist nicht nötig, hier reicht die Anmeldung in dem Moodle-Kurs zur Vorlesung; für die Grundkurse ist eine Anmeldung aber verpflichtend!