Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG415H1F L0101

ENG415H1F   L0101   W2-4 
Advanced Studies Group 1: Critics Reading Writing
Professor Ato Quayson

Office Telephone: 416-946-0586
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 832

Brief Description of Course:
 What constitutes literary writing, and how do critics express their preferences when they read literature. Through a series of weekly engagements with different critics, this course will focus on looking at how literature is read in different contexts. The course will be an introduction to the history and practice of literary theory and a sustained exposure to practical criticism. Critics (and writers) will include but not be limited to the following:

Martha Nussbaum on Aristotle's Poetics and Sophocles's Philoctetes; Carl Schmitt on Hamlet; Stephen Greenblatt on Othello; J. Hillis Miller on Kafka's Metamorphosis; Erich Auerbach on Homer and the Bible; Edward Said on Eliot's Middlemarch; Murray Krieger on Lessing's Laokoon; Franco Moretti on Joyce's Ulysses; Biodun Jeyifo on Soyinka's The Road; Cannon Schmitt on Conrad's Heart of Darkness; Gayatri Spivak on Bronte's Jane Erye; Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.

Required Reading: TBA

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA

Method of Evaluation: TBA

Method of Evaluation: TBA

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