Introduction to Theory of Literature
Yale,, Spring 2009 , Prof. Paul H. Fry
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Introduction - Ways In and Out of the Hermeneutic Circle - Configurative Reading - The Idea of the Autonomous Artwork - The New Criticism and Other Western Formalisms - Russian Formalism - Semiotics and Structuralism - Linguistics and Literature - Deconstruction - Freud and Fiction - Jacques Lacan in Theory - Influence - The Postmodern Psyche - The Social Permeability of Reader and Text - The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory - The Political Unconscious - The New Historicism - The Classical Feminist Tradition - African-American Criticism - Post-Colonial Criticism - Queer Theory and Gender Performativity - The Institutional Construction of Literary Study - The End of Theory?; Neo-Pragmatism - Reflections; Who Doesn't Hate Theory Now?
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Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL 300)
This first lecture on social theories of art and artistic production examines the Frankfurt School. The theoretical writings of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin are explored in historical and political contexts, including Marxism, socialist realism, and late capitalism. The concept of mechanical reproduction, specifically the relationship between labor and art, is explained at some length. Adornos opposition to this argument, and his own position, are explained. The lecture concludes with a discussion of Benjamins perspective on the use of distraction and shock in the process of aesthetic revelation.
0000 - Chapter 1. Marx, Engels, and Ideology
0946 - Chapter 2. The Aesthetics of Marxist Criticism
1958 - Chapter 3. Adorno, the Work of Art, and Collectivity
2754 - Chapter 4. Blochs Principle of Hope
3109 - Chapter 5. Benjamin and Mechanical Reproduction
3754 - Chapter 6. Adorno and Conformism
4101 - Chapter 7. Benjamin, the Spectator, and Distraction
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This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
Sep 12, 2018
Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.
March 29, 2019
Great course. Thank you very much.