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
GEP0704 Trends in Literature Fall 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: GE-Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Instructor KENAN SAYACI
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: The overall goal of the course is to lead students to consider evil as an inevitable and a complementory part of literature. Apart from this, the course will try to give an analytical approach to the concept of evil, its history, how it manifests itself through the texts. It also aims to show the inner settings of literary texts and the role of evil in its structure.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
- will be able to define the concept of evil as a philosophical and theological term and see the difference between in these conceptions.
- will acquire reading strategies and analyzing methods in approaching evil in literary texts.
- will be able to critically and analytically use the knowledge acquired in analyzing theories about evil.
- will be able to keep the track of the evil characters in literary texts.
- will be able to identify every single characteristics and difference of evil character by comparing him/her with the others analyzed in class.
- will recognize the difference between western literatures and Turkish literature in representation of evil.
- will be able to plan and conduct individually an analysis about evil and its representation in a given literary text.

Course Content

The problem of evil. Evil in Judeo-Christian tradition and Islam. Evil in modern philosophy. How to approach evil in literature? Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts. Evil and Poetry.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) The problem of evil. The nature of evil. Evil in western philosopy and its representations. The connection between evil and tragedy.
2) Evil in Judeo-Christian tradition. Evil as the black side of creation. The Satan versus Jesus.
3) How to approach evil in literature? Reading strategies, analyzing methods and approaching evil in literary texts.
4) Evil in modern philosophy. Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche.
5) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts Eroticism and evil: Nero and Caligula in Sade Satan in literature: (Faust by Goethe).
6) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts Anti-hero in gothic literature: (Dr. Frankenstein by M. Shelley). The stories of Edgar Allen Poe.
7) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
8) Evil in the East and Islam Good and Evil (Hayır ve Şer) in Koran. The difference between western and eastern traditions. The representations of evil in traditional literary texts and narratives.
9) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts The rise of anti-hero in Turkish novel. The case of Suat in Huzur by A. H. Tanpınar.
10) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts Kıskanmak by N. S. Örik.
11) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts Kıskanmak by N. S. Örik.
12) Keeping track of the evil characters in literary texts Evil in Turkish short story. Kötülük by S. İleri and Kağnı by Sabahattin Ali.
13) Evil and Poetry. The represantations of evil in modernist and avangard poetry. İkinci Yeni and “kötücüllük”. Ece Ayhan and his poetry.
14) Evil and Poetry. Eroticism and semi-evil. The poetry of Edip Cansever, Turgut Uyar and Cemal Süreya.
15) Final Exam
16) Final Exam


Course Notes / Textbooks: Ders öncesi öğrencilere verilecek ve dersle ilgili makaleleri içeren ders notları.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
J. W. von Goethe, Faust.
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Huzur.
Nahid Sırrı Örik, Kıskanmak.
Selim İleri, Kötülük.
References: Georges Bataille, Literature and Evil.
Margaret Sönser Breen, Understanding Evil: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
Alford, C. Fred, What Evil Means to Us.
B. S. Markesinis, Good and evil in art and law: an extended essay.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 16 % 10
Quizzes 2 % 5
Homework Assignments 2 % 5
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 8 5 40
Homework Assignments 2 1 2
Quizzes 2 1 2
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 4 4
Total Workload 93

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.