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ENGL 581 S - Seminar Literary Theory

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

Description:

Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: A college course devoted entirely to criticism or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

Nature & Value of the Literary - This course is structured around two main questions: 1) what is literature (and what is the value of literary study), and 2) what is happening to literary criticism in the information age- We will begin with the assumption that literature is true, although not factually true. How then can we best describe its truth: is it true to experience, or the meaning of experience- Is it true to value- What is the relation between literature and scripture- We will begin by reading Jean-Paul Sartre-s 1947 What is Literature- Mark Turner-s The Literary Mind: Origins of Thought and Language (written from a neuroscientific perspective) will be next on our list. Other texts we will examine include Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination, Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, and Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. We will conclude

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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