French and Italian | Issues in Literary Theory
F564 | 27671 | Panaite, Oana

Topic: The Trouble with Literature

The course will examine concepts and theories pertaining to the
cultural and political definition of literature. What is literature?
What is the literary canon? What roles do authors, critics and common
readers play in the making of literature? What is the moral and
political responsibility of the writer? What are the borders and
boundaries of literature? Each session will address a major moment in
the history of literary thought from Plato and Aristotle, through
Diderot and Kant to Sartre, Genette, and Spivak.