Teaching literary analysis involves a great deal of expertise on the theories of literary analysis. Literary theory must be taught in an organized and concise manner, so that the various developments in literary analyses over time, including methodologies and changes in other humanist fields like sociology, can be detailed in the correct manner. Thus, teaching literary analysis requires planning, a well thought out schedule and foresight. The document that indicates such a plan for teaching literary analysis to students is known as a teaching literary analysis report.

Sample Teaching Literary Analysis:

Course for which the teaching literary analysis report has been framed: Critical Theories and Literature [PG 6.97]

Course components selected by: Martha Robinson, Course Coordinator.


Date of creation and submission of course outline for teaching literary analysis: 21.3.2011 to 24.3.2011.

Strategies for teaching literary analysis:

  • The course shall begin with an outline of classical literary analysis, including classical literary theories of Plato and Aristotle.
  • We shall then move on to Renaissance and New Classical theories of literary analysis. Texts will include Sidney’s Defence of Poetry. This shall be followed by Neo Classical theories of literary composition.
  • The course shall then focus on its actual salient feature which is Romantic and modernist theories of literary analysis. Structuralism, Poststructuralism, New Criticism, Historicism, New Historicism, Feminist Theories, Post colonialism etc. will be taught in great details with requisite texts by leading theorists like Barthes, Foucault, MH Abrams, Julia Kristeva.

Course duration: 16 weeks.

Mode of assessment: two internal examinations and one long essay.


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