ENGL 4395 Literary Theory (Fall: 3 )
In this course, we will examine theoretical works that pose and attempt to answer the question: What is literature? What, in other words, does or does not make literature different from non-literary writings or from ordinary communicative acts? Though our primary focus will be on trends in twentieth-century literary theory – e.g., new criticism, formalism, structuralism, and deconstruction – we will also examine earlier attempts to determine the nature and the possibilities of literature. Authors may include Friedrich Schlegel, Cleanth Brooks, Boris Eikhenbaum, Maurice Blanchot, Paul de Man, Hélène Cixous, Barbara Johnson, and Jonathan Culler.
Instructor(s): Robert Lehman
Last Updated: 24-Jul-14