|Teaching UnitMethodological Coefficient: 2 Credit: 4||Level: Master II(Literature & Civilization)||Weekly time: 3h00||Number of teaching Hours: 45|
| Aims and Objectives |
The Curriculum will to introduce students to aspects of the histories of literary criticism and theory. 2. to help students place in context critical and theoretical influences on literary studies. 3. to induce students to read with enhanced critical and theoretical nous. 4. be able to offer sophisticated interpretation of literary texts through analysis of the major tropes, figures of speech and rhetorical strategies—levels of diction, forms of syntax, allusion, ambiguity, irony, analogy, allegory, symbolism, atmosphere, modes of discourse; analyse how a text produces meaning through form and style, and how the meaning produced is both personal insight as well as a form of historical engagement and ideological positioning;be able to define key theoretical concepts and to apply a range of critical theories in their interpretation of the texts.discuss the emergence of literary theory and criticism apply the theories to the analysis and criticism of works of literaturediscuss the earliest theorists and critics of literature apply the paradigms discussed in your own critical writingsdiscuss the strengths, and weaknesses of the theories
Learning Outcomes By the end of the course you will know: The broad development of literary theory from the early twentieth century to the present;Differences and similarities between several theories and critical schools;Some key concepts of individual theories;How theory has been applied to literary analysis;How to use theory when reading and analysing literature.
By the end of the course you will have developed: the ability to read, contextualize, and compare primary material by different literary theorists;ability to apply literary theory when analysing literary texts;enhanced ability to understand their own critical/theoretical stance as readers.
|Held, David. Introduction to Critical Theory: Horkheimer to Habermas. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980 Horkheimer, Max. “Traditional and Critical Theory.” In Critical Theory: Selected Essays. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. New York: Continuum, 1989. Marcuse, Herbert. “Philosophy and Critical Theory.” In Negations: Essays in Critical Theory. Translated by Jeremy J. Shapiro London: the Penguin Press, 1968. –Wolfsdorf, D. Pleasure in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 -Balogun, Jide. “Approaches to Modern Literary Theories”. www.unilorin.edu.ng/publications/balogun/Doc5.pdf. Accessed May 15th, 2013. Culler, Jonathan. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997 Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction. (2nd ed.). Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 1996 Frye, N. Anatomy of Criticism. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1957 Graff, Gerald. Professing Literature: An Institutional History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987 Richter, David H. (Ed.). The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends. Bedford Books: Boston, 1998 Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User Friendly Guide. New York: Routledge, 2006 Davis, Robert Con. Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies.New York: Longman, 1994. Green, Keith and Jill LeBihan. Critical Theory and Practice: A Course book. London and New York, Routledge. 1996 Leitch, Vincent B. Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructualism. New York:Columbia University Press, 1992. Brien, Kevin M. Marx, Reason, and the Art of Freedom. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2006. Williams, R. Marxism and Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977 Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures, 1973; “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight,” 1992 Rapaport, Herman. The Literary Theory Toolkit A Compendium of Concepts and Methods. Wiley Blackwell, Ltd., 2011 Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User Friendly Guide. New York: Routledge, 2006 Veeser, Aran. ed. The New Historicism. New York: Routledge, 1989 Welleck, Rene & Warren, Austin. Theory of Literature. Middlesex: Penguin Books Limited, 1973 Scholes, Robert. Structuralism in Literature: An Introduction. New Haven, Conn., 1974 Newton, K. M. Twentieth Century Literary Theory, a Reader. London, Macmillan..Press Ltd, 1997 Heidegger, M. The Basic Problems of Phenoenology, Trans. By Albert Hofstadter. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982 Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 1994 Derrida J. Letter to a Japanese friend. In: A DerridaReader (ed. P. Kamuf), pp. 270–276. Harvester, New York, NY, 1991|
| Content Unit 18 Postructuralism and Postmodernism Objectives To focus on the question of representation and exploration of the ways in which dominant framings of world politics produce and reproduce relations of power: how they legitimate certain forms of action while marginalizing other ways of being, thinking, and acting. To elaborate the insights of poststructuralism/postmodernismTo be familiar with the major themes and concepts of poststructural/postmodern thought such as subjectivity, language, text, and power. To understand the convergences and divergences between poststructuralism and its precursor—structuralismTo examine the epistemological and ontological challenges that poststructuralism/postmodernism poses to disciplinary knowledge production on world politics. Unit 19 Deconstruction : Jacques Derrida Objectives At the end of this unit, students should be able to trace the origin of Deconstruction ·discuss the theoretical postulations of DeconstructionistCriticism. Literature as well as criticism – the difference between them being delusive – is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most unreliable language in terms of which man names and transformshimself. (de Man 1979, p. 19) |
UNIT 20 Sociological Criticism (socio-political analysis) UNIT 20 a. Feminism Objectives: 1. To examine “…the ways in which literature [and other arts] reinforce or undermine the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women” (Tyson). 2. To examines how culture is patriarchal (male dominated) and “…strives to expose the explicit and implicit misogyny in male writing about women” (Richter 1346). UNIT 20 b. Anglo -American Feminism KATE MILLETTELAINE SHOWALTERGERMAINE GREERADRIENNE RICH Eagleton, Mary. Introduction: Feminist Literary Criticism. London: Longman, 1991. Eisenstein, Hester. Contemporary Feminist Thought. London: Unwin Paperbacks, 1984. Evans, Judith. Feminist Theory Today. London: Sage Publications, 1995. Unit 21 GenderCriticism Objectives To know some of the authors and literary works involved in Gender Criticism.To identify the different approaches of Gender Criticism.To understand how gender generally influences the works of literature.To know the significance of studying Gender Criticism Unit 22 a. Cultural, Global, and Post – Colonial Studies Objectives: Students will be able to understanding the increasingly complex, globalized world.They will be introduced to key concepts in global and postcolonial studies through the lens of literature, arts, history, politics, and culture.Students will also critically engage the global in their lives. UNIT 22 b. Postcolonial Criticism
At the end of this unit, you should be able to: define Post-colonialism · outline the theoretical tenets of Post-colonialism · list the leading theorists of Post-colonialism
Unit 23 Ecocriticism Theory Objectives to study literature irrespective of its genres, in the light of ecological perception of nature to reframe the existing texts and re-evaluate whether there are certain values and assumptions in the work of writers who present environment and non-human lifeto study how the binary oppositions of “I”/”it” or “I”/ “thou” between man and nature can be avoided in literature or nature writingrelate eco-criticism as a theory with other existing theories like Feminism, Marxism, Post colonialism and see how one is influenced by the other. Unit 24 The New Eclecticism: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Ecology Objectives to draw attention to existing practices that are readily recognised but usually unacknowledged
Unit 25 The End of Theory?; Neo-Pragmatism To familiarize the students with Knapp and Michaels’s influential article, “Against Theory.”To discuss the relationships between, on the one hand, intention and meaning and, on the other hand, language and speech follows with reference to Saussure, deconstruction, and Russian formalism. to demonstrate that theory is a useful and necessary tool in literary studies.
Unit 26 After Theory If theory means a reasonably systematic reflection on our guiding assumptions, it remains as indispensable as ever. But we are living now in the aftermath of what one might call high theory, in an age which, having grown rich on the insights of thinkers like Althusser, Barthes and Derrida, has also in some ways moved beyond them. (Terry Eagleton , After Theory, p.2)
|End of Semester I Exam|
| Second Semester |
It is devoted for dissertation writing
|Assessment and Evaluation|
|Continues Evaluation 50%||Exam50%|