Introduction to Theory of Literature
Course SummaryThis is 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 course is taught by Prof. Paul H. Fry who is the William Lampson Professor of English at Yale and specializes in British Romanticism, literary theory, and literature and the visual arts.
Reading Material1. The Critical Tradition
Richter, David, ed. The Critical Tradition, 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin's, 2006, ISBN: 9780312415204