The course will focus on the following topics:
The nature of literary evaluation and critical discussion.
The place of universal criteria in literary criticism.
Is literary experience autonomous?
The relation between literary value and (a) social reality: the problem of Commitment, Black literature, Dalit literature, etc., (b) psychological reality, the problem of the unconscious (Freudian and Jungian).
The theory of the forms/genres of literature.
Structuralism and stylistics.
R. Wellek, and A. Warren, Theory of Literature, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1963.
W. Wimsatt and C. Brooks, Literary Criticism: A Short History, OUP & IBH, New Delhi, 1957.
T. Engleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction, Oxford, Blackwell, 1983.
K. Elam, Semiotics of Theatre & Drama, Methuen, N.Y., 1980.
T.S. Eliot, The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, Faber, London, 1933.
D. Lodge, (Ed.), Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Longman, London, 1972.
D. Lodge (ed.), Modern Criticism & Theory. Longman, London, 1988.
I.A. Richards, Principles of Literary Criticism, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1924.
M. Rader, (Ed.), A Modern Book of Aesthetics, Fourth Edition, Holt, Reinhart & Winston, New York, 1973.
D. Craig, (Ed.), Marxists on Literature, An Anthology, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1975.
N. Frye, Anatomy of Criticism, Princeton University Press, N.Y., 1957.