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The course covers topics on Classical Theory,Romanticism,Realism and Naturalism,Marxism,,Criticism,Structuralism,Psychoanalysis,Gender and Queer Theory,Post Structuralism,Reader Response and Reception,Post Colonialism,Semiotics,Film Studies & Ecocriticism.


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  • Classical/ Neo Classical Theory I
  • Greek and Roman models with an emphasis on classical qualiites
  • Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus
  • Theories of Drama, Poetry and Style


  • Classical/ Neo Classical Theory II
  • Early Modern-Enlightenment (Philip Sidney, Dryden, Pope, Samuel Johnson, Locke, Addison, Hume)
  • Ars Poetica, Sublimity and the Satire


  • Romanticism I
  • Early Nineteenth Century Romanticism
  • French and German Romanticism
  • Schiller, Stael
  • Kant and Hegel
  • Kant Ctitique of Judgement


  • Romanticism II
  • English and American Romanticism
  • Wordsworth, Coleridge, Emerson, Poe
  • Poetic Diction, Fancy and Imagination
  • Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1800) Biographia Literaria (1817)William Hazlitt “On Poetry in General” Harold Bloom, ed., Romanticism and Consciousness (1970)


Late Nineteenth Century

  • Realism and Naturalism
  • Eliot, Zola, Henry James
  • Symbolism and Aestheticism
  • Baudelaire, Walter Pater, Wilde
  • Art for Art's Sake
  • Arnold and the Touchstone Method
  • Objective Correlative, Dissocation of Sensibility, Impersonality of Art


  • Marxism
  • Marx, Engels
  • Dialectical Materialism, Economic Determinism
  • Manisfesto, Das Kapital
  • Lukacs, The novel and socialist realism,
  • Ideology
  • Althusser/Gramsci- Power/Control; Rule/HegemonyEagleton
    Frankfurt School; Adorno, W. Benjamin


  • Twentieth Century Criticism
  • Formalism and New Criticism
  • Brooks, Well Wrought Urn, Irony as a Principle of Strucure
  • Paul de Man, Eliot, A Tate
  • J C Ransom, The New Criticism
  • Will Empson, Seven Types of Ambiguity
  • The Chicago School, R S Crane
  • Shklovsky, Eichenbaum, Bakhtin, Jacobson
  • Defamiliarization, foregrounding, syuzhet/fabula
  • Prague Linguistic Circle


  • Structuralism
  • Jean Piaget on “ Structure”
  • Saussure, Barthes
  • Lang/Par, synchro/diachronic analysis, syntagmatic/paradigm
  • Strauss - Mythologies
  • Jonathan Culler, Structuralist Poetics
  • Prague linguistic circle
  • Jakobson, Trubetskoy, Rene Wellek


  • Archetypal Criticism
  • Bodkin, Archetypal Patterns in Poetry
  • Frazer, The Golden Bough
  • Frye, Anatomy of Criticism
  • C G Jung, Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • Characters, Narratives, Symbols


  • Psychoanalysis
  • Freud, Jung, Lacan
  • The Interpretation of Dreams, complexes, defences, psychosexual stages and levels
  • Hamlet Psychoanalysed
  • Lacan, Jung and deviance from Freud
  • Metaphor, Metonymy


  • Gender and Queer Theory
  • Woolf Room on One's Own, Gilbert and Gubar, Beauvoir, Showalter, Kristeva, Cixous, Mulvey
  • Ecriture Feminine, Gynocriticism, Literary Paternity
  • Radical, Liberal and Rational Feminism
  • Performativity, Butler Gender Trouble, Sedgwick
  • Queer Theory and LGBT criticism


  • Post Structuralism
  • Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Baudrillard, Kristeva, Barthes
  • Eco, The Open Work
  • Deconstruction
  • Derrida, Of Grammatology
  • "Differance”
  • Yale School
  • de Man, Hillis Miller
  • Semiology and the Rhetoric


  • Reader Response and Reception
  • Husserl, Heidder, Jauss, Iser, Fish
  • 1976 "Interpreting the Variorum", Interpretive Communities
    Is There A Text in This Class
  • R Ingarden, The Intentional Object and the layers of strata


  • Post Colonialism
  • Fanon, Said, Spivak, Bhabha, Achebe
  • Hybridity, Liminality, Subaltern
  • The Wretched of the Earth, Orientalism, Black Skin White Masks
  • The Empire Writes Back
  • Barry on PoCo
  • Colonial Mimicry


  • New Historicism
  • The New Historicism (1989)
  • Greenblatt, Cultural Poetics, Towards a Poetics of Culture (1987)
    Foucault, Derrida and other influences
  • L Montrose on N.H
  • Renaissance Self -Fashinoning: From More to Shakespeare
  • British Cultural Materialism


  • Semiotics
  • Charles Sanders Pierce
  • Chomsky, Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
    Eco, A Theory of Semiotics
    Jameson, The Prison House of Language
    Barthes S/Z


  • Film Studies
  • Major Film Movements
  • Cinema and Modernism
  • Ideology, Character, Plot, Semiotics and Genres
  • Editing
  • Intertext
  • Classic and New Hollywood
  • Key Concepts in Film Studies


  • Ecocriticism
  • Ecocriticism and Green Studies
  • British Romanticism and American Transcendentalism
  • Nature Vs. Culture debates
  • Energy, Entropy, Symbiosis
  • Anthropocentrism and Patetic Fallacy
  • Ecocritical Radings and Linguistic Determinism
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