English 491: History of Literary Criticism

Syllabus for Fall 2003

Al Drake | 520 Hum. Tu/Th 1:30-2:30 | ajdrake@ajdrake.com

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Criticism and Theory Resources: Voice of the Shuttle | Johns Hopkins Guide | Sokal's Hoax--Fun Site | Teachers Web--Study Guides.

General: College Success | 4 Theory Coordinates | Sample Paper | Grammar Guide | Essay-Writing Guide | Citing Sources | Analyzing Texts | Editing Drafts | Plagiphrasing | Bad English | Rubric | Links | Neoclassicism and Romanticism | Restoration and C18 | *Organic Metaphor | *Romantic Nature | *Victorian Intro. | Marx Intro.

5-7 Page Term Paper (Rough draft due Nov. 13, I'll return it by Dec. 4; final draft due on day of final exam, Dec. 18th.)

Journal Instructions. (Journals due in class Thursday of Weeks 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, and 16. You may email them by the end of those evenings, if necessary.

Questions: Plato | Aristotle | Horace | Longinus | Quintilian | Augustine | Aquinas | Dante | Maimonides | Sidney | Corneille | Dryden | Pope | Johnson | Hume | Kant | Schiller | Hegel | Wordsworth | Coleridge | Shelley | Marx-Engels | Arnold | Baudelaire | Pater | Mallarmé | Nietzsche | Unassigned

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Week 1 (All titles refer to the Norton Anthology of Criticism and Theory)

Tu. 08/26. Introduction to class.
Th. 08/28. Plato. Ion.

Week 2

Tu. 09/02. Plato. Republic, Books II, III, VII, X.
Th. 09/04. Plato's Phaedrus; Aristotle's Poetics.

Week 3

Tu. 09/09. Aristotle. Poetics.
Th. 09/11. Horace. Ars Poetica. [Journals due]

Week 4

Tu. 09/16. Longinus. On the Sublime.
Th. 09/18. Quintilian. Institutio Oratoria.

Week 5

Tu. 09/23. Augustine / Aquinas / Dante. Norton selections.
Th. 09/25. Maimonides. "Guide of the Perplexed." [Journals due]

Week 6

Tu. 09/30. Sidney. "An Apology for Poetry."
Th. 10/02. Corneille and Dryden. Norton selections.

Week 7

Tu. 10/07. Pope. "An Essay on Criticism."
Th. 10/09. Johnson. Norton selections. [Journals due]

Week 8

Tu. 10/14. Hume. "Of the Standard of Taste."
Th. 10/16. Kant. Critique..., Bk I: "Analytic of the Beautiful."

Week 9

Tu. 10/21. Kant. Critique..., Bk II: "Analytic of the Sublime."
Th. 10/23. Schiller. Aesthetic Education of Man, Letters 2, 6, 9.

Week 10

Tu. 10/28. Hegel. "Master-Slave Dialectic."
Th. 10/30. Hegel. Lectures on Fine Art, "Intro." [Journals due]

Week 11

Tu. 11/04. Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1802)."
Th. 11/06. Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1802)."

Week 12

Tu. 11/11. Coleridge. Statesman's Manual; Biographia Literaria.
Th. 11/13. Shelley. "A Defense of Poetry." [Paper--Draft Due]

Week 13

Tu. 11/18. Marx/Engels. German Ideology; Grundrisse; Preface....
Th. 11/20. Arnold. "Function of Criticism...." [Journals due]

Week 14

Tu. 11/25. Holiday Recess.
Th. 11/27. Holiday Recess.

Week 15

Tu. 12/02. Baudelaire. The Painter of Modern Life.
Th. 12/04. Pater/Mallarmé. The Renaissance; "Crisis in Poetry."

Week 16

Tu. 12/09. Nietzsche. "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense."
Th. 12/11. Nietzsche. from The Birth of Tragedy. [Journals due]

Finals Week

Th. 12/18. 2:30-4:20, usual location. Cumulative in-class final exam will be open-note, open-book, short-paragraph and essay-based. [Paper--Final Draft Due]