RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS2306 HISTORY OF CRITICISM 2007-2008

MODULE TWO: ROMANTICISM v. POSITIVISM

Your exam is scheduled for Thursday December 13 at 4 pm.  Please click on the Exam Advice link.

For the Handout (01D) on the Core Topics Addressed by Literary Theorists, please see the link at the beginning of Module One.
 

WEEK SEVEN: ROMANTICISM1
 

REQUIRED READINGS

 

 

LECTURE 1
  • Giambattista Vico The New Science [1744] (pp. 290-297 in Adams; pp. 401-415 in Leitch)
Summaries:
LECTURE 2
  • Johann Gottfried von Herder Ideas for a Philosophy of the History of Man [1784-1891] (see selection, pp. 35-49 in Patrick Gardiner, ed. Theories of History) [FOLDER]
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt On Language [1836] (pp. 486-491 in Adams)
Summaries:
TUTORIAL
  • W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Kamau Brathwaite "Timehri" [1970] (pp. 29-44 in Orde Coombs, ed. Is Massa Day Dead?) [FOLDER]
Summaries:

please print and bring these notes to your tutorial

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • Taylor, Charles Sources of the Self
    • "Nature as Source" (pp. 355-367)
    • "The Expressivist Turn" (pp. 368-390)

PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK EIGHT: ROMANTIC LITERARY THEORY: THE AUTHOR
 

REQUIRED READINGS

 

 

LECTURE 15
  • 'Longinus' On the Sublime [1st century CE?] (pp. 76-98 in Adams; pp. 138-154 in Leitch) [please focus on chapters I, II, VII, VIII, IX (1-4), XVI, XXX, XXXIX, XL]
  • Edward Young "From Conjectures on Original Composition" [1759] (pp. 329-337 in Adams; pp. 427-437 in Leitch)
Summaries:
LECTURE 2
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher "Outlines of the 1819 Lectures" [1819] (pp. 613-625 in Leitch)
Summaries:
TUTORIAL
  • Kamau Brathwaite
    • The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica: 1770-1820 [1971] [see extract entitled "Creolisation in Jamaica," pp. 202-204 in Ashcroft, et al.) [FOLDER]
    • "History of the Voice" [1979] (pp. 259-304 in his Roots; or see extract entitled "Nation Language," pp. 309-313 in Ashcroft, et al.) [FOLDER]

[Presentations Begin]
 

My Summaries6:

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • M. H. Abrams The Mirror and the Lamp
  • Richard Harland Literary Theory: from Plato to Barthes: Ch. 4: "Romantic Literary Theory":
    • "Herder and the Spirit of the Time" (pp. 62-65)
    • "The Influence of Kant" (pp. 65-69)

PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK NINE: ROMANTICISM v. POSITIVISM 1: LITERARY HISTORY
 

REQUIRED READINGS

 

 

LECTURE 1 Summaries:
LECTURE 2

REGULAR LECTURE, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6

Summaries:
TUTORIAL

[Presentations Continue]

My Summaries:

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • M. H. Abrams The Mirror and the Lamp
  • Richard Harland Literary Theory: from Plato to Barthes:
    • Ch. 5 "Social Theories of the 19th Century": 
      • "Mathew Arnold" (pp. 87-90)
    • Ch. 6 "Naturalism, Symbolism and Modernism":
      • "Modernism and the Avant-Garde" (pp. 113-116)
      • "Hulme and Pound" (pp. 116-120)
      • "T. S. Eliot" (pp. 120-124)

PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK TEN: ROMANTICISM v. POSITIVISM 2: REPRESENTATION
 

REQUIRED READINGS

 

 

LECTURE 17
  • Ian Watt The Rise of the Novel [1957]: "Realism and the Novel Form" [FOLDER]

MAKE-UP LECTURE, 10 AM WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7

Summaries:
LECTURE 2

REGULAR LECTURE, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8

Summaries:
TUTORIAL
  • Ken Ramchand The West Indian Novel and its Background [1970] [FOLDER]:
    • "Introduction" (pp. 3-15)
    • "The Contemporary Linguistic Situation" (pp. 90-96)
    • "Dialect and West Indian Fiction" (pp. 96-107)

[Presentations Continue]
 

My Summaries:

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • Richard Harland Literary Theory: from Plato to Barthes: Ch. 6 "Naturalism, Symbolism and Modernism":
    • "French Naturalists" (pp. 98-103)
    • "British Aestheticism and Henry James" (pp. 109-113)

PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK ELEVEN: ROMANTICISM v. POSITIVISM 3: THE READER / CRITIC
 

REQUIRED READINGS

 

 

LECTURE 1
  • Anatole France "The Adventures of a Soul" [1888-1893] (p. 656 in Adams)

  • Walter Pater Studies in the History of the Renaissance [1873]: Preface and Conclusion (pp. 641-643 in Adams; pp. 835-840 in Leitch)

Summaries:
LECTURE 2 Summaries:
TUTORIAL
  • Ramchand, Ken "Concern for Criticism" Caribbean Quarterly 16 (1970): 51-60 [FOLDER]

[Presentations Continue]

My Summaries:

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • Richard Harland Literary Theory: from Plato to Barthes:
    • Ch. 5 "Social Theories of the 19th Century": 
      • "Mathew Arnold" (pp. 87-90)
    • Ch. 6 "Naturalism, Symbolism and Modernism":
      • "British Aestheticism and Henry James" (pp. 109-113)
    • Ch. 9 "Anglo-American Criticism, 1900-1960":
      • "Richards and Empson" (pp. 168-176)

PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK TWELVE: ROMANTICISM v. POSITIVISM 4: LITERARY FORM AND FORMALISM
 

REQUIRED READINGS

 

 

LECTURE 1 Summaries:
LECTURE 28
  • John Crowe Ransom "Criticism as Pure Speculation" [1941] (pp. 874-883 in Adams)
  • Cleanth Brooks The Well-Wrought Urn [1947]: "The Heresy of Paraphrase" (pp. 961-968 in Adams; pp. 1353-1366 in Leitch)
Summaries:
TUTORIAL9
  • Derek Walcott "The Muse of History" [1974] (pp. 36-64 in his What the Twilight Says: Essays) [FOLDER]

[Final Presentations]

My Summaries:

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • Richard Harland Literary Theory: from Plato to Barthes: "Anglo-American Criticism, 1900-1960":
    • "The New Criticism: Southern Phase" (pp. 182-184)
    • "The New Criticism: Hegemonic Phase" (pp. 187-194)

PHILWEB RESOURCES

FOOTNOTES
 

  1. My goal this week is, using Vico, Herder and Humboldt as reference points, to introduce you to some of the basic characteristics of the philosophical and literary movement which has come to be called 'Romanticism' (though its heyday is normally thought to have spanned the period c.1785 - c.1830, it continued to exert a profound influence for the remainder of the 19th century). 

  2. You may wish to focus on only those sections of the Vico summary which correspond to the scheduled reading. 

  3. Given that the Herder summary is also very long, you may wish to dip into and out of it as you feel like.

  4. Ditto for Humboldt.

  5. I will schedule an extra lecture at a later date to make up for the one which I missed this week due to illness.

  6. I will post my own summaries of the tutorial readings once all the presentations for the week in question are complete.  (Please study these carefully on your own.)

  7. Please note that the make-up lecture will be held at 10 am on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2007 (the location will probably be in the White Building, hopefully one of LR6, 7, 8 or 9).  This will bring us back on schedule.

  8. Please note that the final lecture (on the New Critics Ransom and Brooks) will be held on Tuesday November 27, 2007. 

  9. My last tutorial (devoted to Walcott's "The Muse of History") will be held immediately after the lecture, rather than at its normal time on Wednesday.  Dr. Hunte's tutorials will be held at their regular hours on Tuesday and Thursday.

END OF MODULE
 

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