99年第1學期-0162 文學理論 課程資訊

課程分享

選課分析

本課程名額為 35人,已有12人選讀,尚餘名額23人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
1 short paper 10 Response to a given theory/issue
1 longer formal paper 15 Involves analysis, application, synthesis and research
1 individual presentation 10 Based on final essay, overview of project
daily work 10 Written responses, study questions
Quizzes 10
Mid Term Exam 20
Final Exam 25

授課教師

Thomas Argiro

教育目標

Learn and master the relevant language and terms used in literary criticism and theory to interpret and advance particular understandings of literary works. They will demonstrate evidence of this on tests, and in written work, as well as in discussions, daily work and in presentations. Comprehend the reasons that certain critical and theoretical methods were developed in response to various social forces, changes and historical conditions present in Western societies, and also be able to relate these methods to particular rhetorical objectives relative to these periods and issues. They will demonstrate evidence of this on tests, and in written work, as well as in discussions, daily work and in presentations. Understand the reasons that particular forms of criticism and theory gave rise to debates about literature and its meanings, and why such theories also remain in dynamic relationships of interrogation and argument among their advocates, relative, for example, to questions of feminism, Marxist ideology, theories of subjectivity and meaning, and the nature of language as a social creation with its own particular internal conundrums related to usage and meaning. They will demonstrate evidence of this on tests, and in written work, as well as in discussions, daily work and in presentations. Make use of critical and theoretical methods in the reading and analysis of texts, in order to demonstrate their ability to apply these theories to the practice of literary interpretation and explication. This will be largely demonstrated in written assignments and presentations, as well as in discussions.

課程概述

Literary Theory and Criticism is an elective for third- and fourth-year students. How does literature expose various ways of thinking about social and material reality? This question has been around for a very long time, and it has given rise to numerous responses. In this course, students will engage with this question as foundational to the discipline and practice of literary criticism and theory, in order to explore and situate the fact that we are always already doing theory any time we suggest that a work of literature means something. This course will introduce the general concepts of contemporary literary criticism and theory from a historical perspective, beginning with selected writings from the Romantic period, then moving to New Criticism, and on to the concepts of Formalism, Marxist criticism, Structuralism, Semiotics, Post-Structuralism, New Historicism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Eco-Criticism. Students will learn to perform critical readings of selected texts by applying these methods, while gaining insight into the historical and cultural contexts that contributed to the development of these critical methodologies, and their rhetorical objectives. Emphasis will be placed on the mastery of formal terminology and critical practices related to performing theoretical readings and analyses of texts.

課程資訊

參考書目

Peter Barry, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. 2nd
Rev. ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

David Macey, The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory. New Edition. N.Y.: Penguin,
2002.