Like Amber, I was quite surprised to hear this! And this from someone who did her level best to avoid the literature components as far as possible while at university
, choosing modules such as linguistics and film study which were available as alternatives. However you couldn't get away with studying literature altogether, since it formed an intrinsic part of most MFL degree AND A-level courses back then. Anyone who did two MFLs and English at A-level would need to know approximately 16 works of literature in the minutest detail, and we weren't even allowed to take them into the exam room - all quotes and references had to be committed to memory. (That's probably what put me off more of the same at uni!)
Anyway it is a shame though, if this is indeed the case. Surely not at the older, more traditional establishments?