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Introduction to Theory of Literature

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

Updated On 02 Feb, 19

Overview

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?

Includes

Lecture 5: The Idea of the Autonomous Artwork

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Lecture Details

Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL 300)

In this lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores the origins of formalist literary criticism. Considerable attention is paid to the rise and subsequent popularity of the New Critics and their preferred site of literary exploration, the "poem." The idea of autonomous art is explored in the writings of, among others, Kant, Coleridge, and Wilde. Using the work of Wimsatt and Beardsley, the lecture concludes with an examination of acceptable categories of evidence in New Criticism.

0000 - Chapter 1. New Criticism and the Poem as (Miniature) World
0728 - Chapter 2. Formalism and Immanuel Kant
2135 - Chapter 3. Kant and Coleridge The Good, the Agreeable, and the Beautiful
2821 - Chapter 4. Wimsatt and Beardsley The Anatomy of the "Poem"
4034 - Chapter 5. Wimsatt and Beardsley Permissable Evidence

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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Sam

Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Dembe

Great course. Thank you very much.

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