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Recent and Contemporary Trends in Literary and Cultural Studies - double-subject variant

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Recent and Contemporary Trends in Literary Studies


Summer semester, two units per week, 14:10-15:45 Rm 111

MA in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures - mandatory


To acquaint students with selected Post-structuralist trends by means of reading and discussing complex theoretical texts. To trace the position of literary studies in the changing structure of the humanities during the last three decades of the twentieth and at the beginning of the twenty-first century.


The sessions will start with the instructor’s comments introducing the topic of the class and discussed text(s). In the second part, student answers to a short quiz, sent to them via e-mail during the preceding week, will be discussed. The quiz will consist of several (up to 5) questions with multiple choice answers. In order to be admitted to the oral exam, students must complete all quizzes and send them via e-mail to the instructor. The third part of the session will include questions and answers concerning the topic of the class and individual texts.


Butler, Bodies that Matter (Introduction)

Culler, On Deconstruction (a selection) de Man, "Resistance to Theory," Yale French Studies, 63 (1982):3-20

"Form and Intent in American New Criticism", in Blindness and Insight

"Aesthetic Formalization: Kleist's Über das Marionettentheater", in The Rhetoric of Romanticism

Deleuze, "Bartleby, or the Formula", in : Essays Critical and Clinical

Derrida, "Letter to a Japanese Friend" in Kamuf,, ed., A Derrida Reader

"Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of Human Sciences", in Writing and Difference

Greenblatt, "Towards a Poetics of Culture", in Veeser, ed., The New Historicism

Greenblatt, Gunn, Redrawing the Boundaries(Introduction)

Hawthorn, A Concise Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory, Arnold

Har¬tman, Preface to Deconstruction and Criticism

Lévi-Strauss, "The Structural Studies of Myth", in Structural Anthropology

Makaryk, ed., Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Literary Theory, Toronto

White, Metahistory (Introduction)

Procházka, Literary Theory. A Historical Introduction

NOTE 1. The course develops and expands some themes discussed in the four last chapters of the course-book Literary Theory. A Historical Introduction. 2. BA students and Erasmus Students will not be admitted. If they enrol, they will be deregistered by the instructor.


Students of the MA in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures programme: Submission of answers to all quizzes (see above - PROCEDURE) via e-mail. Active participation in discussions based on detailed knowledge of assigned texts, submission of an essay (3000 wds. min.; one resubmission allowed) dealing with a selected theoretical or interpretive problem, passing an oral examination (themes: main trends in recent and contemporary literary studies, philosophical problems of recent approaches to literature, specific problems of texts discussed in the seminar).