2019 - 2020
|0626-5004-01||Literary Theory From Antiquity to Modernity|
|FACULTY OF HUMANITIES | ENGLISH|
Literary Theory from Antiquity to Modernity
Core BA Course (2019–2020) / Dr. Jonathan Stavsky
For over two millennia, authors, teachers, scholars, philosophers, and even theologians have been debating what literature is, how it functions, and whether its effects are beneficial or harmful. The present course follows the development of this conversation from ancient Greece and Rome through medieval and Renaissance Europe and England to the cusp of modernism. It will train you in analyzing earlier theoretical texts, placing them in their intellectual context, and using them in order to enrich your understanding of literature from various periods. Writings by Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Augustine, Dante, Boccaccio, Sidney, Pope, Arnold, Wilde, and others will be made available on the course website.
To pass this course, you must attend the required number of classes, submit the exam and the final paper on time via the course Moodle, and receive a passing grade for each.
NOTE: You cannot get partial credit for this year-long course or split it between two years.