MAAnglo-American Literary Theory

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Jason Blake, PhD, Professor


Jason Blake, PhD, Professor

Course Description

Students will immerse themselves in the fundamental concepts and approaches of Anglo-American literary theory. After an introduction to traditional literary theory in the style of the "New Criticism," we will devote ourselves to other theories, including formalist and structuralist theories; reader-oriented theories; theories more focussed on social and historical contexts; and postmodernism as well as other contemporary theories. Throughout the semester we will focus on theory as it pertains to specific literary texts from various genres.

Blake, J. 2011. Writing Short Literature Essays: A Textbook with Exercises for Slovenian Students. Ljubljana: ZIFF.
Eagleton, T. 1983 and later editions. Literary Theory: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.
Grosman, M. 2004. Književnost v medkulturnem položaju. Ljubljana: ZIFF.
Lodge, D. 1986. 20th Century Literary Criticism: A Reader. London; New York: Longman.
Selden, R., Widdowson, P. and Brooker, P. 2005. A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory. Harlow (etc.): Pearson Longman.

+ handouts and various topical reading assignments from, among others, feminism, structuralism and post-structuralism, and post-colonialism