This course is a compulsory (= obligatoria) part of the First Year of the Grado en Estudios Ingleses: Lengua, Literatura y Cultura. You will be studying CTLLI together with other subjects (= asignaturas) directly related to English Studies such as Literatura inglesa I: ejes de la literatura medieval y renacentista and Mundos anglófonos en perspectiva histórica y cultural.
In CTLLI you will read and analyse closely literary texts in English and learn how to comment on them. Together with practical examples of modern literature in English, CTLLI will also introduce you to some of the most important critical and literary theories of the 20th century. Applying these theories to the literary texts will be a central part of the course's objective. You will also be introduced to certain critical vocabulary.
Do not expect to find a conventional “Comentario de textos” subject. The focus is on critical analysis but specific material on stylistic devices, literary terms, formal and textual analysis on fiction and poetry will be provided in the virtual course in the form of videos, and links to the University Library Database LION (Literary Online).
The entire course will be taught and assessed in English and we recommend all students to address emails and debates in the virtual course in English.
CTLLI will strengthen literay and critical strategies and skills that will be used throughout the Grado en Estudios Ingleses, and this is the reason why it is a vital and important course that will set foundational knowledge for students. It will ask you to think about the relation between critical theory, close reading and literary texts and you will be introduced to certain concepts such as feminist critical theory or poststructuralism, being able to discuss these ideas in English. This training will be essential later on both professionally and academically if, among things:
you are considering going into higher education (= enseñanza superior) as a teacher of Estudios Ingleses;
you want to be an English language teacher in a secondary school;
you need to communicate sophisticated concepts in written or spoken English;
you wish to work in sectors such as publishing or arts and cultural management;
you decide to do a posgrado in literature, whether in English or Spanish.
You will also begin to acquire certain general competencies such as using the internet as a learning and study tool; working in a team with fellow students; time and work management; analysing and summarizing complex material; and reading and critical skills/destrezas.