Yale open courses literary theory

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yale open courses literary theory

Theory of Literature by Paul H. Fry

Bringing his perennially popular course to the page, Yale University Professor Paul H. Fry offers in this welcome book a guided tour of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. At the core of the books discussion is a series of underlying questions: What is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

Fry engages with the major themes and strands in twentieth-century literary theory, among them hermeneutics, modes of formalism, semiotics and Structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalytic approaches, Marxist and historicist approaches, theories of social identity, Neo-pragmatism and theory. By incorporating philosophical and social perspectives to connect these many trends, the author offers readers a coherent overall context for a deeper and richer reading of literature.
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Theory of Literature

Thanks to Open Yale Courses, you can watch the 26 lectures above. These lectures were all recorded in the Spring of Expanding with the rapid growth and democratizing of universities after World War II, literary and critical theories are often closely tied to the contentious politics of the Cold War. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent snowballing of privatization and anti-government sentiment, many sources of funding for the humanities have succumbed, often under very public assaults on their character and utility. Rather it provides ways of doing ethics and philosophies of language, religion, art, history, myth, race, sexuality, etc. One reason is that we cannot see our own biases and inherited cultural assumptions.

In this second introductory lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores the interrelation of skepticism and determinism. Objections to the approach and conclusions of the two theorists are examined, particularly in light of the rise of cultural studies. Chapter 1. In other words, we said that in intellectual history, first you get this movement of concern about the distance between the perceiver and the perceived, a concern that gives rise to skepticism about whether we can know things as they really are. This question of determinism is as important in the discourse of literary theory as the question of skepticism. Now last time, following Ricoeur, I mentioned Marx, Nietzsche and Freud as key figures in the sort of secondary development that somehow inaugurates theory, and then I added Darwin.

The relationship between theory and philosophy, the question of what literature is and does, and what constitutes an introduction are interrogated. The professor then situates the emergence of literary theory in the history of modern criticism and, through an analysis of major thinkers such as Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, provides antecedents for twentieth-century theoretical developments.
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  1. Nazaret C. says:

    ENGL 300 - Introduction to Theory of Literature

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