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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.

Literary Theory - Audio Yale University

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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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4.2 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

berthemorisot ,

Fantastic

Loved this series. A good refresher course from undergrad lit theory and a few new faces along the way. I'm not sure what textbook he used...pretty sure it wasn't the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. Also wish I had a list of other assigned readings. I mostly followed what was going on, but I could have learned more if I had been able to do the homework.

andysphere ,

Useless, Shoddy, Inscrutable Lectures

These lectures make a terrible podcast, for many reasons. The professor is simply a poor lecturer. He wanders, he lacks coherent points or threads, he does not concern himself with making any of the texts or authors easier to understand (I am fairly familiar with these thinkers and found that he only made them more obscure), he stumbles and forgets things, he arrogantly assumes vast knowledge of literary references that he narcissistically name-drops without explanation, he makes elliptical allusions without any clarification, etc. etc. The lecture are also not at all structured to make sense as a podcast, especially not an “open college” one or an introductory one. Too much reliance on the reading materials and too little to facilitate the lectures for a listener who’s not actually a Yale student (which is of course the whole point of making these available for free). The subject matter is treated both at times as far too surface level and at other times far too concerned with minutia to be a good introduction or layperson podcast. There are *far* better places to get the same material for free, with much better speakers and strutted far more to work as a podcast. In short: DO. NOT. BOTHER!

Steelcogito ,

Excellent

The only thing that would make this better is the inclusion of the transcripts or handouts that would be supportive of the lectures because they are so information heavy it is difficult to keep up and take notes.

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