Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Introduction to Literary Criticism

 Course Objectives 

  • To comprehend the theories of literary criticism and its major trends.
  • To develop skills of reading, critical thinking and writing through engagement with selected and representative texts.
  • To provide an opportunity for engaging with literature and art; its role, place and pleasures. 

 Teaching Methodology 

  • Interactive class discussions on every concept. Small class size
  • Use of articles, news clipping, videos, etc to further explain concept i.e. a practical understanding regarding the concept.
  • Evaluations are conducted throughout the semester to ensure that the students’ outcomes are appraised. 

 Requirements 

NA

 Course Outline 

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Topic

Hours

1

Criticismand its Necessity

1.    History of criticism.

2.    Role of  Criticism

3.    The Critic

 4.     Main concerns

6

2

Nineteenth century Criticism

1.     Wordsworth  - Preface to the second edition of  Lyrical Ballads

4

3

Twentieth Century

1.     T.S Eliot – Tradition and Individual talent.

4

4

Marxism

1. Georg Lukacs-  Critical Realism and Socialist Realism

4

5

Feminism

1. Gilbert and Gubar – Infection in the sentence: woman writer and the anxiety of authorship

4

6

Structuralism and Post-Structuralism

1. Derrida Jacques – Structure, sign and play in the discourse of human sciences

4

7

Cultural Studies

1. Roland Barthes – Selections from Mythologies

4

 

Total

30 hours