RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS2306 HISTORY OF CRITICISM

2012-2013

MODULE ONE: THE ANCIENT PERIOD: RHETORIC v. PHILOSOPHY

Please see the revised schedule for Module 1 below.
 

WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION / WHAT IS THEORY? / WHAT IS LITERARY THEORY? /
RHETORIC I: THE SOPHISTS
(Week of September 3)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Topics to be discussed:
    • Course objectives, schedule, etc.
    • What is 'Theory'?
    • What is 'Literary Theory'?
  • Readings:
    • Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp: Ch. 1 "Introduction: Orientation of Critical Theories" (pp. 3-29):
      • "Mimetic Theories" (pp. 8-14)
      • "Pragmatic Theories" (pp. 14-21)
      • "Objective Theories" (pp. 26-29)
      • "Expressive Theories" (pp. 21-26)
Notes:
SEMINAR 2:
  • The Sophists, Selections (pp. 80-88 in Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. S. Marc Cohen, et al.)
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

  • Taylor, C. C. W., and Mi-Kyoung Lee: The Sophists (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
  • I shall bring copies of my notes 01A-01D to class today (Tuesday September 4) but from the next class (Thursday September 6), it is your responsibility to bring copies, virtual or printed, of my notes to class.

WEEK TWO: PHILOSOPHY I: PROTO-RATIONALISM:
PLATO ON THE NATURE OF REALITY, KNOWLEDGE, DIALECTIC, AND THE SELF
(Week of September 10)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • In addition to reading The Republic itself (or at least those chapters listed above), you may wish to read my summary (02A), but do this on your own.  Like the original text, my summary is long and you might like to read it on your kindle or IPad or other digital device to save printing costs. 
  • Please print and bring to both seminars/lectures this week my overview of Plato (02B).

WEEK THREE: PHILOSOPHY II: PROTO-EMPIRICISM:
ARISTOTLE ON THE NATURE OF REALITY, KNOWLEDGE, ANALYTIC (LOGIC), AND THE SELF
(Week of September 17)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • Handout 03F is the same as Handout 04A previously.  We shall skip this essay.

WEEK FOUR
(Week of September 24)

This week was lost due to my recent attack of the flu.
 

WEEK FIVE: RHETORIC II: ARISTOTLE AND QUINTILIAN ON RHETORIC
(Week of October 1)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2 (in S6): Notes:
Seminar 3: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

  • Burton, Gideon: Synopsis of Quintilian - Institutio Oratoria (Silva Rhetoricae)
  • Corbett, Edward P. J.  Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student.  Oxford: OUP, 1965.
    • Chapter I "Introduction": "A Brief Explanation of Classical Rhetoric" (pp. 20-29)
    • Chapter II "Discovery of Arguments" (pp.34-142)
    • Chapter III: "Arrangement of Material" (pp. 277-312)
    • Chapter IV "Style" (pp. 386-448)
  • Rapp, Christof: Aristotle's Rhetoric (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • Please note that there will be three seminars/lectures this week:
    • During our regular Tuesday class, we shall study Aristotle's Rhetoric (we will not study his Topics). 
    • On Wednesday from 10-11 am (S6) (this is the optional hour which I said we would use as necessary), we shall complete Aristotle's Rhetoric
    • During our regular Thursday class, we shall study Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria.
  • Handout 05A on Aristotle's Rhetoric is the same as 04B which was previously found here. 

WEEK SIX:
PHILOSOPHY OF LITERATURE (PLATO & ARISTOTLE) vs RHETORIC OF LITERATURE ('LONGINUS')
(Week of October 8)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2 (in S6): Notes:
Seminar 3: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

  • Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp: Ch. 4 "The Development of the Expressive Theory of Art": "Longinus and the Longinians" (73-78)
  • Griswold, Charles: Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry (Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy)
  • Pappas, Nickolas: Plato's Aesthetics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
  • Russell, D. A.  "Longinus on Sublimity."  Classical Criticism.  Ed. George A. Kennedy.  Vol. 1 of Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.  Cambridge: CUP, 1989.  306-311.
  • Sachs, Joe: Aristotle's Poetics (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • Please note that there will also be three seminars/lectures this week:
    • During our regular Tuesday class, we shall study Book X of Plato's The Republic and Aristotle's Poetics
    • On Wednesday from 10-11 am (S6), we shall complete Aristotle's Poetics
    • During our regular Thursday class, we shall study Longinus' "On the Sublime."
  • Please note that I have added a slightly amended version of the notes on 'Longinus' above for purposes of clarification and explanation.

You should be working at this point on your Term Paper.

END OF MODULE ONE
 

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