English | History of Literary Criticism to the Enlightenment
L607 | 27020 | J. Anderson & Linton
1:00p – 2:15p TR
Our course will engage the history of literary theory from Plato and
Aristotle to the Enlightenment, where possible making connections
with representative modern theories–history in the broader sense.
While we will treat landmarks of theory focally, our aim is less to
be comprehensive than to explore several important threads of
theoretical inquiry. They will include idealism, realism, rhetoric,
signification, and the affections. Work for the course will feature
a presentation and an annotated bibliography, a relatively short
exploratory essay, and an essay of conference length (ca. 10 pages).