German 240
Intro to Literary Criticism
Spring 1989

   Basic Texts
  Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers
Nietzsche, Die Geburt der Tragödie
Mann, Der Tod in Venediq

Tentative Schedule:

Week One (Feb 1)

   Intro

Week Two (Feb 8)

   Russian Formalism
Sklovskij,
Tynjanov,
Eichenbaum,
Jakobson,

Brecht,

Propp,
"Die Kunst als Verfahren"
Über die literarische Evolution"
"Theory of the Formal Method"
"Linguistik und Poetik"
"Two aspects of language"
"Der V-Effekt"
"V-effeckte in der chin. Schauspielkunst"
Morphology of the Folktale
17pp
15pp
17pp
35pp
27pp
9pp
12pp
46pp

Week Three (Feb. 15)

   New Criticism
Wimsatt & Beardsley,

Wimsatt & Brooks,


Brooks,


Richards,
Eliot,
Auerbach,
"The Intentional Fallacy"
"The Affective Fallacy"
Literary Criticsim
"I.A. Richards: A Poetics of Tension"
"The Semantic Principle"
"The Language of Paradox"
"The Heresy of Paraphrase"
"Irony as a Principle of Structure"
from Practical Criticism
"Tradition & the Individual Talent"
"Musikus Miller"
7pp
16pp

21pp
18pp
16pp
8pp
7pp
11pp
4pp
17pp

Week Four (Feb. 22)

   Structuralism & Semiotics
Culler,



Barthes,

Suassure,
Structuralist Poetics
"Literary Competence"
"Convention & Naturalization"
"Poetics of the Novel"
"Intro to the Structuralist Analysis of Narratives"
"Myth Today"
from Course in General Linguistics

18pp
30pp
52pp
44pp
56pp
10pp

Week Five (March 1)

   Structuralism & Narratology
Booth,
Cohn,
Rimmon,
Booth,
Friedman,
Cohn,
"Types of Narration"
Transparent Minds, Part I
"A Comprehensive Theory of Narrative: Genette's Figures III"
"Distance & Point-of-View"
"Point of View in Fiction"
"The Second Author of Der Tod in Venedig"
16pp
122pp
28pp
20pp
19pp
17pp

Week Six (March 8)

   Reader Response & Reception Theory
Jauss,
Holub,


Bloom,

Fish,
"Literaturgeschichte als Provokation"
Reception Theory
"The Major Theorists"
"Marxist Reception Theory"
The Anxiety of Influence
"Tessera"
"Is there a text in this class?"
64pp

54pp
13pp

28pp
8pp

Week Seven (March 15)

   Hermeneutics
Gadamer,
Ricoeur,

White,
Nietzsche,
H├Âlderlin,

Gadamer,
Philosophical Hermeneutics, Part I
"The task of hermeneutics"
"The narrative function"
"The Historical Text as Literary Artifact"
"Vom Nutzen und Nachteil der Historie für das Leben"
"Brot und Wein"
"Der Archipelagus"
Wahrheit und Methode
105pp
19pp
21pp
12pp
90pp




Week Eight (March 22)

   Franfurter Schule
*** Special Guest Host: Robert Hullot-Kentor ***
Adorno, Dialektik der Aufklärung

Week Nine (March 29)

*** Spring Break ***

Week Ten (April 5)

   Feminist Literary Theory
Toril Moi,
Sexual/Textual Politics
174pp

Week Eleven (April 12)

   Psycholanalytic Approaches to Literature
Freud,
Kittler,

Meyer-Kalkus,
Hoffman,
Freud,


Lacan,


Tatar,
Tieck,
"Das Unheimliche"
"'Das Phantom unseres Ichs' und die
Literaturpsychologie"
"Werthers Krankheit zum Tode"
"Der Sandmann"
Traumdeutung
"Typische Träume"
"Die Traumarbeit" (excerpt, A-E)
"The Mirror Stage"
"The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or
Reason since Freud"
"Unholy Alliances"
"Der blonde Eckbert"
31pp
27pp

61pp


29pp
100pp
4pp

18pp
18pp


Week Twelve (April 19)

   Deconstruction
Norris,
DeMan,


Derrida,

Miller,
Deconstruction
"Genesis & Genealogy (Nietzsche)"
"Rhetoric of Tropes (Nietzsche)"
"Aesthetic Formalization: Kleist's Über das Marionettentheater"
"Differance"
"Structure, Sign & Play"
"The Disarticulation of the Self in Nietzsche"
126pp
26pp
15pp
27pp
16pp
11pp
14pp

Week Thirteen (April 26)

   Foucault & the New Historicism
Foucault,

Pechter,
Greenblatt,
The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1
"What is an Author?"
"The New Historicism & Its Disontents"
"Introduction"
160pp
10pp
10pp
4pp

Reading Period

Barthes,
Benjamin,
A Lover's Discourse
"Der Erzähler"
234pp
25pp

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