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ENGL 7749 Poetics (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course traces the development of poetics from the mid-twentieth century to recent attempts at revival. We'll read Aristotle's Poetics as a "pre-text," followed by key essays in Russian and Prague school poetics, responses by the Bakhtin group, and examples of the transition from Slavic to French structuralist poetics. We then review the poststructuralist critique of structuralist poetics before considering the return of poetics in cognitive poetics and the New Formalism. Although the readings could be described as "theory," most of them are concerned with questions of literary methodology, often illustrating their claims in relation to specific poetic texts.


Instructor(s): Alan Richardson

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 16-Jan-14