ENG 463: Seminar in Literature - Theory & Criticism


Canon formation & canon shattering -  FEBruary 6

T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent

Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence and Summary

Deleuze and Guattari, What is a Minor Literature?


New Criticism & Reader response Cont'd

Cleanth Brooks, The Heresy of Paraphrase, from The Well-Wrought Urn

Wimsatt and Beardsley, The Intentional Fallacy

Cleanth Brooks, Irony as a Principle of Structure

*I.A. Richards, Practical Criticism 1 and 2 (explore both websites)

John Crowe Ransom, Criticism, Inc.

Practical Criticism experiment

HW: (1) Email me 10-12 lines or 1 paragraph of either "literature" or "any-text" by Monday morning
(2) Weekly reading response #1 (typed and handed in in class)
(3) Paragraph using all our key terms from the board last class (typed and included at the end of you

close reading, Surface reading, distant reading - February 13 

Rapporteur: Calandra

Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot 

Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best, Surface Reading 

Franco Morretti, Maps, Graphs and Trees 

What is Distant Reading? 


DECONSTRUCTION, Struturalism, Post-structuralism 

Rapporteur: Ashley Davis

Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author

Barthes, From Work to Text

Useful link: Oxford Reference Dictionary for critical terms

Read M Butterfly over the break

February 20: No class (Monday schedule)

* Special Event: Friday, February 23

Queer theory - March 20

Rapporteur: Hardik

Eve Sedgwick, Between Men

Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet

Kenji Yoshino, Covering

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (in class); The Ballad of Reading Gaol poem & video

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cultural Studies - March 27

Rapporteur: Amy

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Jennifer's Butt

Laura Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

New Historicism

Rapporteur: Jennifer

Catherine Gallagher & Stephen Greenblatt, The Mousetrap


Proposals and Annotated Bibliographies due with 4 articles and 2 books

happy spring break!

Read Hamlet if you haven't already

Work on research papers

English department awards ceremony - May 2

Mock conference - May 15

research Papers due MAY 22