Fall 2019 - ENGL 216 D100
History and Principles of Literary Criticism (3)
Class Number: 4485
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 6, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
1 778 782-4713
Office: AQ 6149
Office Hours: TBA
Prerequisites:Two 100 division English courses.
The study of selected works in the history of literary criticism, up to and including modern and contemporary movements in criticism.
This course will be an introduction to some foundational ideas--in the Western tradition, anyway--about literary representation. We'll start in ancient Greece with selections from Plato (Republic X) and Aristotle (the Poetics). We'll proceed, perhaps via Longinus and/or Horace in the Roman period, to Augustine's Confessions at the dawn of medieval Europe. Then, maybe after a bit of Aquinas, we'll look at Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy (1595), and perhaps also Ben Jonson's Timber (ca. 1640). Ultimately, we'll hope to make it as far as Kant, perhaps even Schleiermacher, at the turn of the nineteenth century. However, the schedule of our readings will be determined by our in-class discussions--not the other way around. All readings will be made available online, or in .pdf (no textbook). Throughout this course, our guiding question will not just be how we talk about literature; but why.
- Mid-term writing assignments 15%
- Presentation/project 15%
- Term paper 35%
- Final exam 35%
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