Literary Theory I: Plato to Pope|
Fall 2012 not offered
This course will examine some of the foundational texts of literary theory, beginning with Greek and Roman writers and ending early in the 18th century. These foundational texts ask such questions as: What is the work of art? What is its relationship to the state? Is the poet divinely inspired or a peddler of illusion? What makes a work of art "great"? Is it "originality" or a mastery of the classical themes and genres? We will discuss these questions and more in the works of such writers as Plato, Horace, Longinus, Dante, Sidney, and Pope.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Readings will drawn from Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Dante, de Pisan, Sidney, Jonson, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short papers (4-5) pages, a midterm, and final exam. One class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Department's requirements in Theory and Literary History I and contributes to the fulfillment of the Theory & Literary Forms concentration.
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