theories and methodologies Why Lyric? 1. ( Log Out /  Culler also relates literary theory to areas like critical and cultural theory since they define themselves vis-à-vis each other. Chapter 2, "What is Literature and Does it Matter? First published in 1633, the poem is viewed as exemplifying Donne's wit and irony. Genre theory is a structuralist method of literary criticism.This means that it is reliant on the structure, or characteristics, of a work of literature to determine the genre under which it falls. 0000004075 00000 n \"Literary theory,\" sometimes designated \"critical theory,\" or \"theory,\" and now undergoing a transformation into \"cultural theory\" within the discipline of literary studies, can be understood as the set of concepts and intellectual assumptions on which rests the work of explaining or interpreting literary texts. Secondly, I will introduce the notions of ‘text’,’context’ and ‘theory’. 0000010611 00000 n can you think of a relevant context in which to place Williams’s poem? Concerning your reading of Culler, “What Is Theory?”, “What is Literature and Does it Matter?” & “Language, Meaning, and Interpretation”, 3. ( Log Out /  In linguistics, discourse refers to a unit of language longer than a single sentence. 0000003173 00000 n R. Tong, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2001. If you had to say what 'theory' is the theory of , the answer would be something like 'signifying practices', the production and representation of experience, and the constitution of human subjects - in short, something like culture in the broadest sense. GROUP 1: Hand in summary of Session Two (2400-4800 typing units). 0000000676 00000 n Culler speaks of theory as a "miscellaneous genre," made up of "an unbounded group of writings about everything under the sun," and extending (in a list far more miscellaneous than Derrida's) to "works of anthropology, art history, film studies, gender studies, linguistics, philosophy, political theory, psychoanalysis, science studies, social and intellectual history, and sociology." 0000007470 00000 n Volume 2, Abrams – Abrams, M.H. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The same is true for Jonathan Culler's book Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1997). Recurring social/rhetorical situations give rise to genres and genre, thus, depends heavily on the intertextuality of discourse (Devitt 576). 0000007817 00000 n Feminism counters traditional philosophy with new ways of addressing issues affecting humanity, calling for the replacement of the presiding patriarchal order with a system that emphasizes equal rights, justice, and fairness. Jonathan Culler LITERARY THEORY A Very Short Introduction 1. �q�=�m�����P/�������d\��څ/f�2A/,�)����©�yya���yE�����`P��"Q���=����C�j��{� ��HSX,l���Hq\����^��q��D �$�Jѐxj0�M�~�~\/����ӬY8U@��x��tW�p�j�wz��Vd��`N��` BL�0 endstream endobj 279 0 obj <> endobj 280 0 obj <> endobj 281 0 obj <>stream in the light of your reading Gillis and Culler’s chapters on how to define what literature is, how would you assess Abrams & Harpham’s entry on literature in. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction ‘Jonathan Culler has always been about the best person around at explaining literary theory without oversimplifying it or treating it with polemical bias. .] 0000012156 00000 n theories into clearly defined sections and presents them in an accessible and lucid style. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. In literary theory, a text is any object that can be "read", whether this object is a work of literature, a street sign, an arrangement of buildings on a city block, or styles of clothing. x�b```c``�c`a`�\��ǀ |��@q�EJBBL�B�g�0;�QT�9}h� �'����r��q��B�jv�5��d�k��@�T}���X\y�9r&?/k1S����=�["}�LB:�t^cQKiZ�! what does the play tell us about the relations between the characters, for instance, the relations of race, gender, class, nation, ethnicity, and power? In the beginning of the session, I will spend a few minutes introducing the course and its first module,  and I will explain how you should write your summary assignments after each class. The word discourse is derived from the latin prefix dis-meaning "away" and the root word currere meaning "to run".Discourse, therefore, translates to "run away" and refers to the way that conversations flow. 3. 1. That’s the most important thing I thought to bring up in the very first line so that you get it first-hand that being a student of literature, you have to focus on structuralism in literature rather than the whole concept of this term (or system). Jonathan Culler ponders this question in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. 0000002741 00000 n Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction is an exemplary work in this genre… The question of what makes a text literature is often considered at the beginning of language and literature courses – with varying degrees of success in engaging students in the inquiry and in finding satisfactory answers. 271 0 obj <> endobj xref 271 19 0000000016 00000 n Instead he gives us new ways to approach the lyric poem, as Culler believed previous methods were ineffective or lacking. (��y��YQ��Q�J�Z������rmz��9S���"�\J>.Z�%���M�'$�w/R�������a��(�����M�� �{F>*���fi��h\d;���x[��Ϯǻ'%��V���^��8�{P��'^��*�2�y�,əXerb�I��_9g*Ƃ��k��2�]���!����I���2VJ������֝�hʙ��wں&�b�(��YZ�����@�4���LHPP"S�ll��TA� ^�9R��Hc��tre�]xr�:���0=��aK�z �h4�)�vh ���WS���Y���0������`��]��Y@Z����� Tom Ryall’s Genre theory 2. %PDF-1.6 %���� ), The Norton Anthology of English Literature. What is the relationship between literature and culture? Conversely, can you think of any reasons why “This Is Just to Say” should not be regarded as literature? Andrew Bennett & Nicholas Royle, “History”, 1. How? According to genre theory, each genre has specific characteristics, so it should not be too difficult after analysis to tell under which genre a work of literature would fit. compare Allan Gillis and Jonathan Culler’s reflections on the definition of literature. trailer <<462E7DEEF0D247DD9B44FC74A633F5C9>]>> startxref 0 %%EOF 289 0 obj <>stream ;�|�K��ե�v;��������Y��`�TX�AE��tdx�Gg"`G��\��s�&��B�`o�N�|U�W9�������GFn���d�q%AK�u5��>�����S�~����c� 0000003909 00000 n Eighth Editon. & Geoffrey Harpham, A Glossary of Literary Terms. H��Uip����L8�Le`�])Sg Gerard Genette, "The Architext" (1979; trans. Culler: There used to be a subject, called theory of literature, which asked questions about the nature and function of literature, the number and characteristics of literary genres, and so forth. Students are introduced, through succinct but incisive expositions, to New Criticism, Reader-Response Theory, Marxist Criticism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Post-Modernism and Note differences and similarities between the them. Abrams & G. Harpham, Glossary (Abrams), 2. J. Culler, Chapter 1: “What is Theory?”, Chapter 2: “What is Literature and Does it Matter?” & Chapter 4: “Language, Meaning, and Interpretation” (cc), 3. It describes genre as a response to a specific and recurrent social situation. 1992) 17 1.2. 0000002676 00000 n Northrop Frye, "Theory of Genres" (1957) 30 1.3. (eds. 2. 0000001400 00000 n Before you show up for Session 1, I want you to do the following: 1. consider ways in which Bennett & Royle complicate the relation between text and (historical) context. Ralph Cohen, "History and Genre" (1986) 53 1.5. In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? language relying on the use of words). 0000007756 00000 n ( Log Out /  As Jonathan Culler has it in The Literary In Theory, “Theory” probably began when Jakobson introduced Levi-Strauss to the phonological model that led, more or less directly, to the creation of structural anthropology, which led, in turn, to the hegemony of this ‘new science’ of language. 0000001635 00000 n Does the setting somehow have a thematic import? See guidelines here. define the terms ‘literature’ and ‘genre’ 2. Concerning your reading of Cavanagh et al., ”What is Literature?” & “Kinds of Literature”, 4. It is a term of literary criticism related to language though it influenced a number of modes of knowledge and movements like Philosophy, Anthropology, Social Science, literature in Europe. Literary theory refers to any Chapter 1 ... designation of this miscellaneous genre is simply the nickname theory, which has come to designate works that succeed in challenging and reorienting thinking in fields other than those to which they apparently He is not alone in his wonderings . I argue that these theories are not only subject to numerous counterexamples, they also fail to explain why classification matters to our understanding and evaluation of works of fiction as well as non-fiction. It is addressed to one friend from another, but concerns itself with the complexities of romantic love: the speaker presents love as so all-consuming that lovers forgo other pursuits to spend time together. Is there a relationship between literature and culture? M.H. 0000001506 00000 n "The Canonization" is a poem by English metaphysical poet John Donne. D. Cavangagh et al, Chapter 1: “What is Literature?” & Chapter 3: “Kinds of Literature” (cc), 1. These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this Very Short Introduction to literary theory. What is literary theory? ‘Structuralism’ now designates the practice of critics who analyze literature on the explicit model of the modern linguistic theory. Standard theories define fiction in terms of an invited response of imagining or make-believe. Concerning your reading of Bennett & Royle, “History”, 5. Key Theories of Ferdinand de Saussure By Nasrullah Mambrol on March 12, 2018 • ( 7). What is Literary Theory? ��ܻ�tϚ��7��o�--ȑ���y�����rŋ�xo�s��9���������E@>�T��ʵ��� But the fact is that‘structuralism’includes all kinds of communicative methods both verbal and n… What does the play tell us about why the characters act and speak in the way they do? PART ONE: HOW DOES LYRIC BECOME A GENRE? Rejecting the distinction between theoretical and historical genres, Cornell's Jonathan Culler defends the importance of notions of genre for literary study and, discussing poems by Horace, Goethe, Baudelaire, and Ashbery, argues for the importance of a capacious conception of lyric for understanding poems in their relation to the Western tradition. Textual Analysis and Textual Theory – Spring 2011, 8. 0000001807 00000 n . Rene Wellek, "Genre Theory, the Lyric, and Erlebnis" (1967) 40 1.4. Actually,“structuralism”,became a major post-war intellectual movement in Europe and the United States. Concerning your reading of Abrams & Harpham, “Literature”, “Genres”, 2. Change ). How? in which way, according to David Salter, is knowledge of genre crucial to the reading of literature? 0000010306 00000 n Concerning your reading of Culler, “What Is Theory?”, “What is Literature and Does it Matter?” & “Language, Meaning, and Interpretation” list key thoughts, concepts and terms that Culler uses in order to define what theory is; consider how Culler defines the relation of theory … ���Cڽ-'L�ǵ�uM���:k�����bY�-��[�6o��:���:���d����Zm�I_g�n��QQ�Φ׾f3��ju����u5'u�zm���b2��V�1MF�u�g�E�e_-���Q� �%�g�%h�_�N�љ�z��\�+ߓ����t����|�0�����jB)�����#��7�VF(u`o�i�e��j����q}|�x�M�. Current genre theory, however, delves deeper. C����d�bҀ `�`��˜`�˖�Cֽ:��V��-�|��0���� �'�&��4���ͪY��dC�L�D�ьf����{����‚� Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Feminist theory encompasses a range of ideas, reflecting the diversity of women worldwide. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. H�L��j�@����0����!���V���R(Ⅸ��&`#ҷ��fM.��? Genre: travel writing, an example – part I, 9. Genre: travel writing, an example – part II, Read carefully all three chapters (required), If you have the time, please read/take a look at this chapter (optional), define the terms ‘literature’ and ‘genre’, list key thoughts, concepts and terms that Culler uses in order to define what theory is, consider how Culler defines the relation of theory to literature, list some of the difficulties that Culler notes in connection with the concept of literature, consider how Culler suggests the meaning of literature is determined. 0000001916 00000 n Tom ryall’s genre theory 1. Cite. Has "theory" then simply become the nickname for criticism in general, or does it still have a specific definition? ��70�� I�L2P8x��e� G�&�;�2h�"u��gG���B�g�)^��*���c���Pe�ƥp�9F�q���\ Before 1960, few people in academic circles or outside had heard the name of Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913). 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