Introduction to Theory of Literature (Paul H. Fry, William Lampson Professor of English, Yale University)

This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?
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Fields of research

Literary theory, Hermeneutics, Structuralism, New Criticism, Deconstruction, New Historicism, Feminist studies, Gender Studies/Queer Studies, Postcolonial studies, Literature and psychoanalysis/psychology
Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Kritische Theorie, Frankfurter Schule


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Paul H. Fry
Date of publication: 12.12.2018
Last edited: 12.12.2018