This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 783
  • Course:
  • Semester: I
  • Title: The Frankfurt School of Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Stream: English
  • Description:

    This course will be a study of literary criticism that was inspired by the Frankfurt school from the latter half of the twentieth century to the present. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with debates on modernism that center on some of the major poets and writers of the period. The study will include an overview of the Frankfurt school and its crucial contribution to questions of literary form, particularly in its relationship to Marxism and post-structuralism. We will, in the course of this study, look at the different historical and conceptual frameworks that specific literary critics deployed and constituted through their readings of poets and novelists.

  • Text:

    Fredric Jameson, The Modernist Papers. London, New York. Verso, 2007.^$^Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious: narrative as a socially symbolic act. Ithaca, New York. Cornell University Press, 1982. ^$^Helen Vendler, The Breaking of Style: Hopkins, Heaney and Graham. Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 1995. ^$^Helen Vendler, Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats. Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 2004.

  • Course References:

    Corey Mccall & Nathan Ross, Benjamin, Adorno and the Experience of Literature. Routledge, 2018.^$^Paul de Man, Blindness and Insight: the rhetoric of contemporary criticism. University of Minnesota Press, 1983.^$^Paul de Man, Resistance to Theory. University of Minnesota Press, 1986. ^$^Erich Auerbach, Mimesis: the representation of reality in western literature. Princeton University Press, 2013.