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(ENGL 300) This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

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(ENGL 300) This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

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This not in that area of learning where, if you take notes carefully, check out the reading list, you will later get a decent mark in an examination, in turn leading to a nice would where there is no need to read the notes ever again! Rather this a lecture course which catapults you into an often confusing swirl of ideas and concepts, probably with little CV potential, but which is intellectually bracing, which challenges your most basic ideas, your very capacity to think freely. Education as it should be perhaps and which may lead you in surprising or unexpected directions. Highly recommended. Congratulations for making it openly available.

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