Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG280H1F L0101

ENG280H1F    L0101    M11-1, W11
Critical Approaches to Literature
Instructor: Chris Warley

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Email: chris.warley@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: What is literary criticism, and why would anyone want to write or read it? This course will look at some influential answers to that question, but just as importantly we will to try to come up with our own response. The great critic Frank Kermode once suggested that “[i]t is not expected of critics as it is of poets that they should help us to make sense of our lives; they are bound only to attempt the lesser feat of making sense of the ways we try to make sense of our lives.” In Kermode’s spirit, we will look at some theoretical models of interpretation that critics draw on, and we will look at some particularly brilliant critics to figure out what exactly they do. We will also spend some time talking about how “English departments” came into existence, and what exactly it is that people do, or don’t do, in them..

Require Reading: Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: Several short assignments, two papers, final test.

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