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Literary Criticism I & II: Course Contents (ENG – 507)

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: William Wordsworth             

Preface to Lyrical Ballads : its detailed reading  and critical discussion

UNIT 2: Wordsworth’s status as a critic

Preface to Lyrical Ballads: its genesis

Wordsworth’s theory of language, subject matter

A critical study of the text

UNIT 3: Biographia  Literaria (chapters XVII and XVIII) :its detailed reading  and critical discussion

UNIT 4: Coleridge as a critic

His rebuttal of Wordsworth’s theory of language and subject matter

UNIT 5: Arnold’s contribution as a critic

UNIT 6: Detailed reading  and critical discussion of the following essays:

The Study of Poetry

The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

Preface to poems

UNIT 7: T. S. Eliot  as a critic

T. S. Eliot the brainchild of Arnold

Eliot’s concept of tradition

His theory of impartiality in poetry

UNIT 8: Detailed reading  and critical discussion of the following essays:

Tradition and the Individual Talent

Metaphysical Poets, Hamlet

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