Having completed the course 'Introduction to Theory of Literature', the student is able:
- To critically discuss the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory:
The New Criticism; Russian Formalism; Semiotics and Structuralism; Deconstruction; Lacanian Theory; Critical Theory; The New Historicism; Feminist Theory; African-American Criticism; Post-Colonial Criticism; Queer Theory and Gender Performativity; Neo-Pragmatism.
- To interpret works of literature using these theoretical frameworks
The course is part of the Open Yale Courses Project (Open Yale Courses Project) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. It provides 26 online lectures of 50 minutes each, in which the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory are discussed. The lectures are based on the reading material, which consists of a syllabus of primary texts and a handbook written by the lecturer. Students are required to prepare the assigned reading material and watch the online lectures.
The lecture series is taught by Paul H. Fry, the William Lampson Professor of English at Yale and specializes in British Romanticism, literary theory, and literature and the visual arts. Professor Fry was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard and has been teaching at Yale since 1971. His publications include The Poet's Calling in the English Ode, for which he was awarded the Melville Cane Award; The Reach of Criticism: Method and Perception in Literary Theory; William Empson: Prophet Against Sacrifice; A Defense of Poetry: Essays on the Occasion of Writing; and Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are.
The course is coordinated by David Janssens (LAS/DFI), who is also responsible for testing.
Please note: This course is for Liberal Arts and Sciences students only!
LAS Online Courses using Open Educational Resources
Liberal Arts and Sciences gives her students the opportunity to follow state-of-the-art, high quality Open Educational Resources developed and offered by other academic institutions around the world. They have been added in order to expand the LAS-TiU curriculum. For every LAS-TiU Major program, one online course has been carefully selected to broaden and deepen the existing course offer. LAS-TiU students are enabled to take the online courses as much as possible in their own time and at their own pace, and to acquire credits by taking tests designed and tailor-made by LAS-TiU. The course materials and instructions will be offered through a Blackboard course environment, the course will be guided by a LAS lecturer.
This online course provides a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?
The final grade is composed as follows: Midterm (30%), Final Exam (70%)