English 202

History of Literary Criticism

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2016 Kahn, Victoria
note new time: F 2-5 301 Wheeler

Book List

Arendt, Hannah: Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy; Aristotle: Poetics; Augustine: On Christian Doctrine; Kant, Immanuel: Critique of Judgment; Longinus: On Sublimity; Plato: Phaedrus; Plato: Republic; Sidney: Defense of Poetry


An introduction to Western literary theory from antiquity to the present, focusing on the historical shift from the disciplines of poetics and rhetoric to that of aesthetics, with special attention to the discourse of the sublime. Readings in Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Augustine, Sidney, Erasmus, Kant, Adorno, and Arendt. The syllabus is designed to be particularly helpful to students in English, but students from other departments are welcome and may write their final paper on a primary text or texts in other languages.

This course satisfies the Group 6 (Non-historical) requirement.

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