ETS4U University Preparation
Studies in Literature

Course Summary

Subject Area Subject: English

Grade 12


1 Credit

4 Units, 27 learning activities

This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. Students will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.

Course outline

Learning Activity 1 What is literary theory?

Learning Activity 2 Exploring formalist literary theory

Learning Activity 3 Understanding reader response literary theory


Learning Activity 4 Investigating psychoanalytic literary theory

Learning Activity 5 What is archetypal literary theory?

Learning Activity 6 Exploring feminist literary theory

Learning Activity 7 What is Marxist literary theory?

Learning Activity 8 Understanding postcolonial literary theory

Learning Activity 9 Tying it all together