English 110A - Summer Sessions I, 2020

Introduction to Literary Theory

Class Information

Instructor: Page, Ryan
CRN: 51313
Time: MTW 12:10-1:50

Description

    Literary Theory 110A is the first of the two part sequence in the rudiments of theory and criticism offered by the Department of English. In 110A, we will cover material from the ancients to the end of the nineteenth century. Providing many intersections within other disciplines in the humanities, this course addresses various topics essential to the practice of aesthetics, including issues relating to the formal properties of art, the relationship between acts of representation and and their origins in perception and experience, and the role of art in social and personal development.

    The principal textbook for this course is the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism; be sure you are acquiring the 3nd edition of this text, as it differs in material from the first two. I have also provided inexpensive editions of two fictional texts we will be reading during the quarter; feel free to use any other versions of these you have available. One or two additional readings will be provided by me in PDF format.

    Books:
    The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, 3rd ed., Vincent B. Leitch, et al.
    Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Electra, Oxford World's Classics

    All other course texts will be supplied by me as PDF's on the Canvas Course Site. Please check to make sure you are buying the Norton 3rd Edition, not an earlier version.

Grading

    Short Assignments 20%
    Term Paper 40%
    Midterm 10%
    Final 20%
    Attendance & Participation 10%

Texts

    Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Electra, Oxford
    The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, 3rd ed, Leitch