History of Literary Criticism

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course is designed to give interested students an opportunity to study major developments in the history of literary criticism from Plato to the present day. We will consider the broad chronological development of theory and practice in relation to significant historical and cultural events and conditions via a representative sampling of primary works of criticism, and we will explore a variety of textual applications, availing ourselves of current resources, technologies, and approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 1021 presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about literature and culture.

Required Text:

The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition.

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Spring 2017

Course Description

This course concentrates on the major developments in the history of literary thought and criticism from Plato to modern and postmodern developments. The major documents of literary criticism are studied in relation to the contexts—historical, cultural, and philosophical—that gave rise to these responses. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2015

Course Description

This course concentrates on the major developments in the history of literary thought and criticism from Plato to modern and postmodern developments. The major documents of literary criticism are studied in relation to the contexts—historical, cultural, and philosophical—that gave rise to these responses. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2014

Course Description

This course concentrates on the major developments in the history of literary thought and criticism from Plato to modern and postmodern developments. The major documents of literary criticism are studied in relation to the contexts—historical, cultural, and philosophical—that gave rise to these responses. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2012

Course Description

This course concentrates on the major developments in the history of literary thought and criticism from Plato to modern and postmodern developments. The major documents of literary criticism are studied in relation to the contexts—historical, cultural, and philosophical—that gave rise to these responses. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition, is the assigned text for class and paper purposes; you will also need Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Harper paperback) late in the term. Additional readings will be made available online through CourseWeb or for use at the library, to supplement textbook material and to aid in the preparation of the course paper.

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2013

Course Description

This course concentrates on the major developments in the history of literary thought and criticism from Plato to modern and postmodern developments. The major documents of literary criticism are studied in relation to the contexts—historical, cultural, and philosophical—that gave rise to these responses. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition, is the assigned text for class and paper purposes. Additional readings will be made available online through CourseWeb or distributed in class within copyright allowances, to supplement textbook material and to aid in the preparation of the course paper. Be sure to activate your Pitt email or have it forwarded, since important updates and information will arrive via batch email.

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