Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG383H1F L0101

ENG383H1F   L0101   M11-1, W11
Critical Methods: Rhetoric and Reader-Response Criticism
Instructor: Prof. G. Henderson
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 702
Email: ghenders@chass.utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: An introduction to the major players in reader-response criticism (Georges Poulet, Wolfgang Iser, Stanley Fish, Jane P. Tompkins, and others) as well as an application of their theories to the analysis of short fiction.

Required Reading: Reader-Response Criticism From Formalism to Post-Structuralism, edited by Jane P. Tompkins (Johns Hopkins Press). Various Short Stories Posted on Blackboard

First Three Authors/Texts: “Young Goodman Brown,” “Criticism and the Experience of Interiority,” “The Reading Process: A Phenomenological Approach.”

Method of Evaluation: Two essays (75%); term test (25%).

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