Introduction to Literary Theory
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what is literature?
stories, poems, and plays
not for dissection but for interpretation
whatever society treats as literature
what makes us treat something as literature?
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
removal from other contexts
responsiveness to interpretation
what is involved in treating things as literature in a certain culture?
to relationships between words
to what is said and how it is said
hyper-protected cooperative principle
suspension of demand for immediate intelligibility
narrative display texts
an institution based on the possibility of saying anything you can imagine
features vs consequences
language with particular features
foregrounding of language
integration of language
product of conventions and attention
what quality do all literary works share?
what makes something literary?
what distinguishes literature from other creative works and other human activities?
be exemplary but universal
if it can be anyone, it can be us
provide sense of national greatness
if it can happen anywhere, it can happen here
if it happens here, that's because this place is special
create fellow-feeling among classes
i can identify with people who are not me because of our shared humanity
distract the oppressed by offering vicarious access to a higher region
as civilising influence
make us "better people"
role in revolution
promotes questioning of authority, produces sense of injustice
encourages detachment, passivity, acceptance
why study literature?
encourages resistance to capitalist values
noise and information of culture
a reading or interpretation of texts identifying a logic at work in a text
a general framework for thinking about texts and discourses in general
the questioning of presumed results and the assumptions on which they are based
what distinguishes theory from a guess?
reflexive and meta
critique of common sense
analytical and speculative
what discourages people from studying theory?
why study theory?
not to master but to evolve
how did we get here?
learn to reflect in new ways
dispute common sense
challenge and reorient thinking
ask different questions
encourage suspicion of the given
gain a better sense of the implications
become more perceptive as a reader
become more careful as a writer
gain "moves" and frameworks to use in other topics
encounter between reader and text
objective textual analysis
Hugh of St. Victor
use of the vernacular
new literary forms
focus on the individual
humanising a dehumanised world through symbols
attain the sublime through individual genius
literature as commodity
co-option of resistance by the market and the media
literature as unconscious material
censorship of unconscious wishes
anxiety of influence
artful convergence of elements in structure
creative derivation of elements from convention
Reader Response Theory
meaning as an entity in the text to be discovered
meaning as an experience between the reader and the work
meaning vs significance
Structuralism and Semiotics
Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
Feminism and Queer Theory
Cultural Studies and New Historicism