Classical Studies | Introduction to Graduate Study
L501 | 0991 | Leach


INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY AND CULTURAL THEORY FOR CLASSICISTS
The purpose of the course is to gain familiarity with some of the
theories and methodologies influential in contemporary literary
and cultural studies, with a specific eye to their relevance to
the interpretive practices of Classical Studies. As background it
is important to understand the rationale of classical philology
itself, and why Classicists  define their professional discipline
as they do. To this end, we will devote the first three weeks to
a survey of formative periods and important texts in the history
of classical scholarship. Following this we will proceed
chronologically to examine essays and books representing major
trends in twentieth century interpretive scholarship with
particular emphasis on how these have interacted with the study
of Classics. Each weekly reading assignment will include a
"classic text" and an essay by a classicist that applies the
theory to classical texts and problems. Coverage of the following
topics is provisionally foreseen: New Criticism;  Structuralism:
French School: Semiotics: Reception Aesthetics and Reader
Response Criticism: Dialogism; Marxism: New Historicism;
Psychology: Sociological Theory:Feminist Theory and Gender
Theory:

Student Work: The class will be conducted by discussion. The
substance of the written work will consist in regular response
papers which will provide opportunity to critique the selections
read. Because these will figure also in class discussion,
deadlines will be strict.

Books Ordered:

Reynolds and Wilson, Scribes and Scholars, 3rd ed. Oxford 1991

Terry Eagleton Literary Theory, 2nd ed. Minneapolis, Minnesota
1986.