Course Description and Objectives
This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and principles of literary criticism and to give them a firm foundation in literary theory. It covers some of the most influential critical approaches to literature from Aristotle to the beginning of the 20th century. It attempts to appreciate the strengths and limitations of these approaches first by explaining theoretical principles, then testing them through practical application.
A general introduction to literary criticism
Second & Third weeks
Greek criticism: Plato
Fourth & fifth weeks
Greek criticism: Aristotle
Greco-Roman criticism: Horace
Renaissance criticism: Sir Phillip Sidney
Neoclassical criticism: John Dryden
Ninth, tenth &eleventh weeks
Romantic Criticism: William Wordsworth
Twelfth & thirteenth weeks
Romantic Criticism: Samuel Coleridge
Fourteenth &fifteenth weeks
General Review & applications
Mid-term Exam -30 points
In-class participation 10 points
Final Exam – 60 points
- Literary criticism 1 handout
- M. A. Habib, A History of Literary Criticism. Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
- Richard Dutton, An Introduction to Literary Criticism. London: Longman, 1994.
- Charles Bressler, Literary Criticism; An Introduction to Theory and Practice. Prentice Hall 94.
- Raghukul Tilak, History and Principles of Literary Criticism. 16th ed. Rama Brothers, 1996.
- Sophocles', Oedipus king
The major discussion group on FACEBOOK
Files to download
Download the presentation on Romanticism