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21L.451 Introduction to Literary Theory, Spring 2004

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dc.coverage.temporal Spring 2004 en_US 2004-06
dc.identifier 21L.451-Spring2004
dc.identifier local: 21L.451
dc.identifier local: IMSCP-MD5-befb731a9904d8e1c7240bca83799754
dc.description.abstract This subject focuses on the ways in which we read, providing an overview of some of the different strategies of reading, comprehending and engaging with literary texts developed in the twentieth century. The course is organized around specific theoretical paradigms. In each case our task will be, first, to work through the selected reading in order to see how it determines or defines the task of literary interpretation; second, to locate the limits of each particular approach; and finally, to trace the emergence of subsequent theoretical paradigms as responses to the achievements and limitations of what came before. The literary texts and films that accompany the theoretical material will serve as concrete cases that allow us to see theory in action. In general, then, each week we will pair a text or film with a particular interpretative approach, using the former to explore the strengths of the theoretical paradigm under discussion. Our task will not be to provide a definitive or full analysis of the literary or filmic work, but to exploit it to understand better theories of literary interpretation. en_US
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dc.subject strategies of reading, comprehending and engaging with literary texts developed in the twentieth century en_US
dc.subject theoretical paradigms en_US
dc.subject literary interpretation en_US
dc.subject interpretative approach en_US
dc.subject film en_US
dc.subject literature en_US
dc.title 21L.451 Introduction to Literary Theory, Spring 2004 en_US
dc.title.alternative Introduction to Literary Theory en_US

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