ENGL 7731 The Idea of Literature: From Work to Text (Fall: 3 )
This course is dedicated to literary theory. Rather than surveying the main trends represented in most theory anthologies, however, we will focus specifically on theoretical works that pose and attempt to answer the ontological question: What is literature? Surveying the diverse ways in which this question has been posed and answered, we will read works situated at the intersections of literary criticism, literary theory, and philosophical aesthetics. Authors may include Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, Jean Paulhan, Maurice Blanchot, Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Jacques Ranciere.
Instructor(s): Robert Lehman
Last Updated: 28-Sep-15