Literary Criticism I
Office Hours: MWF 12-1pm @ 424 Carlisle Hall
The Critical Tradition
Handouts & PDFs
Overview: The study of literature is a tradition because literature begs to be talked about. This course will consider various traditional approaches to what literature does (or what what-would-become-literature did) with an ear toward critique as we consider their efficacy here and now. Class sessions will include lecture, discussion, workshops, peer groups.
Essays: Essay #1 will explore a single theme present in the texts we have read with an interest in how it might be reclaimed for the contemporary discussion. Essay #2 will be a discussion of a 20th-21st Century single book of poetry in terms of some of the traditional criticism we have read. The book of poetry must be by a living poet and must be approved by me, so think early on this.
The “Go-To”: Each student will sign up to be the “go-to” person for a theorist/critic we will be discussing. Students should prepare a brief biographical statement on the theorist/critic as well as at least three questions through which s/he may lead discussion.
Class Presentation: Before finishing the final paper on a book of poetry, each student will present the book and early thoughts on the critical apparatus/technique(s) that may be useful for discussing the work to the class. Hand outs are usually useful for examples of the poets work. The presentation should be a thoughtful and thorough as possible, but will also give each student a chance to ask the class for responses, suggestions, etc. A summary paper of the presentation (2-3 pages) is due at the same time.
Reading Notes: Students are required to maintain a notebook in which brief (about a page) summaries and/or responses to the assigned readings (as well as any specific questions) are kept. These must be in complete sentences. With exception of periodic checks, I will not read your notebook closely until the end of the semester. Primarily, it is intended as a learning tool in which you may respond to the reading and/or class at any time. Keeping up with the reading journal is advised, as it is part of your grade and will benefit your class participation.
Outcomes: Identify rhetorical and literary elements in reading materials; develop methods and strategies for analyzing and interpreting texts; recognize and synthesize multiple interpretations of a single text; explain the differences among different types of critical analytical approaches.
Grades: Your grade is based on the following point system:
20 points “Go-To”
50 points Essay #1
20 points Presentation
50 points Essay #2
20 points Reading journal
40 points Attendance (0-2 absences receives 40 points, 3 gets 20 points, 4 gets 10 points, 5 gets 0, etc.)
200 points total, so:
180-200 points total: A
160-179 points total: B
140-159 points total: C
120-1139 points total: D
119 and below: F
Policies: I will not accept late papers or assignments unless you have made arrangements with me in advance. In case of illness or emergency, please contact me as soon as possible.
All essays must be typed and double-spaced. Use basic fonts, no larger than 12 pt. Margins should be one inch all around. Titles are mandatory and fun. Be original and inventive. Do not use plastic binders or notebooks to enclose your essays. Staples are best. No late papers will be accepted. Always, always keep an extra hard copy of your work.
You will be required to bring additional copies of your work for workshops. Please come to class with materials ready to distribute. We are all relying on each other.
Plagiarism will result in immediate failure of the assignment.
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NOTE: This is a general plan for our classroom discussions and assignments. Due dates and assignments are subject to change with notice from the instructor.
|Aug 23||Course Introduction
|Aug 26, 28, 30||Plato: Ion||Plato: Phaedrus||Aristotle: Poetics|
|Sept 2, 4, 6||NO CLASS||Horace: Art of Poetry||Longinus: On the Sublime|
|Sept 9, 11, 13||Plotinus: On the Intellectual Beauty||de Pisan: Querelle de la Rose||Sidney: Apology for Poetry|
|Sept 16, 18, 20||Dryden: Essay of Dramatic Poesy||Behn: Both texts||Pope: Essay on Criticism|
|Sept 23, 25, 27||Johnson: Preface to Shakespeare||Hume: Standard of Taste||Kant: Critique of Judgment|
|Sept 30 Oct 2, 4||Wollstonecraft: Vindication of the Rights of Woman||de Staël: Both texts||Workshop Essay #1|
|Oct 7, 9, 11||Essay #1 Due
Wordsworth: Lyrical Ballads
|Coleridge: Both texts||TBA|
|Oct 14, 16, 18||Keats: Both texts
(poetry book approved by today)
|Shelley: Defense of Poetry||Hegel: Introduction to the Philosophy of Art|
|Oct 21, 23, 25||Emerson: The Poet
Marx: All texts
|Arnold: Both texts||Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy|
|Oct 28, 30 Nov 1||James: Art of Fiction||Wilde: Decay of Lying||Freud: Dream Work & Creative Writers|
|Nov 4, 6, 8||Freud: The Uncanny||Presentation/ Discussion||Presentation/ Discussion|
|Nov 11, 13, 15||Presentation/ Discussion||Presentation/ Discussion||Presentation/ Discussion|
|Nov 18, 20, 22||Presentation/ Discussion||Presentation/ Discussion||Presentation/ Discussion|
|Nov 25, 27, 29||Presentation/ Discussion||NO CLASS||NO CLASS|
|Dec 2, 4, 7||Reading Notes Due
|Presentation/ Discussion||Essay #2 Due|