Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ACL4003 Postmodern Literature Spring 3 0 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi HATİCE ÖVGÜ TÜZÜN
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. GÖNÜL BAKAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: Students who take this course will be able to apply close reading techniques to selected works of postmodern literature and identify the distinctive elements of this genre. They will have acquired indepth knowledge of the evolution of postmodernism and postmodern literature in America and Europe.They will

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
Students who complete this course will learn

* to apply a variety of reading strategies, including making inferences, recognizing the organizational structure of texts.

* to recognize the value of multiple perspectives and develop competence in giving and receiving constructive criticism.

* to use terminology related to postmodernism

• to identify themes and writing strategies common to postmodernism,
• to discover what these novels all have in common, and how reading them together helps us form a basic understanding of the principles of postmodern literature.

* to compare and differentiate between postmodern and other literary genres

Course Content

20th century postmodern novels by English and American writers

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to class -
2) The Floating Opera Reading
3) The Floating Opera Reading
4) The Floating Opera Reading
5) Cat’s Cradle Reading
6) Cat’s Cradle Reading
7) Cat’s Cradle Reading
8) Review Reading
9) A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters Reading
10) A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters Reading
11) A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters Reading
12) A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters Reading
13) Infinite Jest Reading
14) Infinite Jest Reading
15) Final -
16) Final -


Course Notes / Textbooks: The Floating Opera by John Barth (1956)
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters by Julian Barnes (1989)
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)
References: Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Frederick Jameson

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge by Jean-Francois Lyotard

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Butler

A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction by Linda Hutcheon

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 16 % 10
Quizzes 2 % 20
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 15 2 30
Quizzes 2 10 20
Midterms 1 20 20
Final 1 32 32
Total Workload 144

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.