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ENGL 9952 Ph.D. Seminar: Poetics, Culture and Cognition (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Poetics occupies a middle ground between literary theory and literary criticism. It seeks to specify "literariness"—those qualities that make literary texts literary—and addresses as well issues of genre, form, and style in a systematic manner. Poetics begins with Aristotle and modern poetics can be traced to the work of the Russian Formalists in the early twentieth century. More recently, poetics has been revitalized within the larger field of cognitive cultural studies. In this course, we will review major twentieth-century developments in poetics and then consider the current revival of poetics as an especially rich showcase for cognitive approaches.


Instructor(s): Alan Richardson

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13