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Literary Theory (A)

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Week 1 Introduction: What is “literature”? What is “theory”? 21 Feb Syllabus; Course procedures; Assessment

Week 2 Antiquity 28 Feb Plato, Republic – “Book X,” Ion, From Phaedrus

Aristotle, From Poetics

Week 3 Renaissance 7 Mar Philip Sidney, From Apologie of Poetrie

Development of rhetoric: tropes & schemes

Week 4 Classicism 14 Mar John Dryden, From An Essay of Dramatic Poesy

Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

Metrics: rhymes, types of metrical analysis

N. B. no class 21 Mar

Week 5 Romanticism 28 Mar William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Samuel T. Coleridge, From Biographia Literaria

Percy B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

Week 6* Formalism & New Criticism 4 Apr Victor Shklovsky, “Art as Technique”

I. A. Richards, From Principles of Literary Criticism

Week 8 Structuralism 11 Apr Ferdinand de Saussure, “Nature of the Linguistic Sign”

Roman Jakobson, From Linguistics and Poetics

Week 9 Poststructuralism 18 Apr Roland Barthes, “The Structuralist Activity,” “The Death of the Author”

Jacques Derrida, “Differance”

Week 10 Psychoanalysis 25 Apr Sigmund Freud, “The Dream-Work,” “The Uncanny”

Jacques Lacan, “The Mirror Stage”

Week 11 Modernism & Postmodernism 2 May T. S. Eliot, “Tradition and Individual Talent”

Fredric Jameson, From Postmodernism and Consumer Society

Linda Hutcheon, “Historiographic Metafiction”

Week 12 Feminism & Gender 9 May Patricia Waugh, “Postmodernism and Feminism”

Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar, From Infection in the Sentence & Dialogue with Toril Moi

Week 13* Postcolonialism & Cultural Studies 16 May Gayatri Spivak, “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism”

Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, “What is a Minor Literature?”