Literary and Cultural Studies – Introduction and Instruction

This module deals with literary and cultural studies.

The following exercises rely on reading comprehension.

Please read the following text passages carefully and, if necessary, several times. Then do the exercises that follow.

You are allowed to use a dictionary e.g. or

Very broadly speaking, literary and cultural studies deal with the way texts create culturally relevant meanings. The concept of the ‘text’ is here used in a very broad definition, including verbal as well as visual sign systems and both fictional as well as factual communications. The following sections will explore these connections between texts and cultural meanings in three steps.

First, we will look at the impact the use of language has on interpretations of the world. Then, we will explore the role of perspective. And finally, we will consider the embeddedness of texts in their literary and cultural contexts.