SYLLABUS


**Note: Each class has several essays; authors listed in order of importance to class discussion -- read as much as you can each day.

**Note: IR= Revised edition of Adams, Critical Theory since Plato; II= Adams, Critical Theory Since 1965.
**Other readings: cross-references from available texts. Not required


Week 1: 26 August

TH: Introduction to the Course: The Art and Science of Criticism


WEEK 2: 31 August, 2 September

TU: The Profession of Comparative Literature

1. Text-Intrinsic Criticism (including New Critics, Chicago Neo-Aristotelian, mythopoetic criticism)

TH:


WEEK 3: 7, 9 September

TU:

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WEEK 4: 14, 16 September

2. Formalism/Prague School

TU:

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WEEK 5: 21, 23 September

3. Phenomenology/Hermeneutics

TU:

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WEEK 6: 28, 30 September

4. Linguistics/Speech Act

TU:

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WEEK 7: 5, 7 October

5. Structuralism/Semiotics

TU:

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6A. Marxist Criticisms: First Generation

WEEK 8: 12,14 October

TU:

6B. Marxist Criticisms: Postwar

TH:

 


7. Reception Theory

WEEK 9: 19. 21 October

TU:

8. From Post-Structuralism to Deconstructionism/Yale Critics

TH:


WEEK 10: 26, 28 October

TU:

9. The Emergence of Ideology: First-Generation Feminist Criticism

TH: Note: Read at least one essay beyond de Beauvoir


WEEK 11: 2, 4 November

10. Psychoanalytic/Freudian Criticism: From Political Criticism to Identity Politics

TU:

12a. Identity Construction/Agency

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WEEK 12: 9, 11 November

12b. Identity Politics and the Gaze

TU:

13. Marginalization and Post-Colonial Criticism

TH:


WEEK 13: 16, 18 November

TU:

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WEEK 14: 23 November(+ Thanksgiving)

14a. New Historicism, 1: History of the Book

TU:

TH: Thanksgiving


WEEK 15: 30 November, 2 December

14b. New Historicism, 2: Translation Theory

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TH: Closing Discussion: The End of Theory


FINAL EXAMINATION: Wednesday, 8 December, 9-12AM (in-class)