Introduction to Theory of Literature

Yale,, Spring 2009 , Prof. Paul H. Fry

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


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?


Lecture 18: The Political Unconscious

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Lecture Details

Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL 300)

In this lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores Fredric Jamesons seminal work, The Political Unconscious, as an outcropping of Marxist literary criticism and structural theory. Texts such as Shelleys "Ode to the West Wind" and Shakespeares seventy-third sonnet are examined in the context of Jamesons three horizons of underlying interpretive frameworks--the political, the social, and the historical, each carefully explained. The extent to which those frameworks permeate individual thought is addressed in a discussion of Jamesons concept of the "ideologeme." The theorists work is juxtaposed with the writings of Bakhtin and Levi-Strauss. The lecture concludes by revisiting the childrens story Tony the Tow Truck, upon which Jamesons theory of literature is mapped.

0000 - Chapter 1. Marxist Aesthetics and Frederic Jameson
0742 - Chapter 2. Romance at the Three Horizons
2218 - Chapter 3. The Political Unconscious at the Three Horizons
3808 - Chapter 4. Literary Analysis Shelleys "Ode to the West Wind"
4334 - Chapter 5. The Formal Emphasis at the Three Horizons
4716 - Chapter 6. Acknowledged Interpretive Dangers
4955 - Chapter 7. Application Tony the Tow Truck

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses

This course was recorded in Spring 2009.



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