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History of Literary Theory: Plato to Shelley

By Deborah Roberts


In this course we investigate central texts in western literary theory from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Europe, with attention to key critical concepts. Topics of discussion will include the nature and origin of literary creation, socio-political ideas about the function of poetry and the poet, mimetic models of literature, the concept of fiction, the roles of art and nature, literature in relation to its audience, the theory and practice of drama, attacks on and defenses of poetry, allegorical interpretation, the idea of the sublime, concepts of imagination, poetic language, and the application of critical theory to particular texts

Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:triceratops.brynmawr.edu:10066/16150
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