The Literary Scholar

1140A [CRN: 24279]

Why does literature need critical study? And does critical study inevitably undermine the pleasures of reading? To address those questions, we will examine the histories of literary criticism (Wimsatt, Brooks, et alii), literary theory (Saussure, Foucault, Derrida, et alii), and English literature (from Beowulf to Philip Larkin); we will examine literary texts through reader response theory, stylistics, literary linguistics, rhetorical theory, and philology. Writing in this seminar will range from reforming conventional literary critical discourse to experimenting with nontraditional forms. Prerequisite: ENGL 0130, 0160, or 0180. S/NC.
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