Spanish and Portuguese | Theory and Criticism
S512 | 28222 | Professor Carl Good

HISP-S 512  Theory and Criticism  (3 credits)

This course will explore some of the fundamental concepts of the
theory of literature.  The approach will be both theoretical and
practical:  along with a focus on some of the principal texts and
concepts of literary theory since Antiquity, we will also examine
what critics in the Hispanic context and beyond are doing with those
texts and concepts in contemporary literary and literary-cultural
analysis.  We will also read numerous short works of literature as a
way of exploring the often unstable and ungoverned relation between
literary and theoretical praxis.  We will not limit ourselves to a
narrow definition of “literature” in our discussions, but will seek
to explore how concepts associated with the literary develop and
play out in a number of different theoretical contexts, including
literary theory “proper,” rhetorical theory, psychoanalysis,
Marxism, history, political theory and feminism.

Primary texts will come from Plato, Aristotle, Schlegel, Coleridge,
Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Lévi-Strauss,
Althusser, Kristeva, Irigaray, Derrida, de Man and Rancière.  Other
readings will include short dramatic, poetic and narrative works, as
well as contemporary theoretical essays on Hispanic literature and

HISP-S 512   #28222   5:45P-7:00P  TR   BH 235   Prof. Carl Good