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Literary Criticism I & II: Course Contents ENG-505

Literary criticism (or literary studies) is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. Modern literary criticism is often influenced by literary theory,the art or practice of judging and commenting on the qualities and character.

Course Contents

UNIT 1: What is criticism?

What is literary criticism?

Qualifications of a good critic

UNIT 2: The Poetics : its detailed reading with critical analysis

Aristotle’s contribution as a critic

Plot-character relation

The essentials of a good tragic plot

Characteristics of a tragic hero

UNIT 3: Theory of imitation

Theory of catharsis

Difference between Tragedy and Epic

UNIT 4: An Apology for Poetry : its detailed reading with critical analysis    

Sidney as a Renaissance critic

Sidney’s arguments in defence of poetry

Philosophy, History and Poetry: difference among them

Four objections to poetry

UNIT 5: Sidney’s criticism of Elizabethan tragedy and comedy

Review of English poetry from Chaucer to his time

UNIT 6: Preface to Shakespeare: its detailed reading with critical analysis

Doctor Johnson as a critic

Merits and demerits of Shakespeare

Dr. Johnson’s arguments in defence of Shakespeare’s violation of three unities

UNIT 7: An Essay on Dramatic Poesy : its detailed reading with critical analysis              

Literary criticism in the age of Dryden

Chief characteristics of Dryden as a critic

UNIT 8: The Essay on Dramatic Poesy: An Introduction

Eugenious, Crites, Lisideius and Neandre’s arguments in defence of dramatic art

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