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Literary Criticism

Reading List for Majors

Plato:

  • Ion
  • Republic (Books III and X)

Aristotle:

  • Poetics

Sidney:

  • An Apology for Poetry

Dryden:

  • An Essay of Dramatic Poesy

Pope:

  • An Essay on Criticism

Johnson:

  • "Preface to Shakespeare"

Wordsworth:

  • "Preface to the Second Edition of Lyrical Ballads"

Coleridge:

  • Biographia Literaria sections of Chapters XII, XIII and XIV

Shelley:

  • A Defense of Poetry

Arnold:

  • The Study of Poetry

Taine:

  • "Introduction to History of English Literature"

Freud:

  • "Creative Writers and Daydreaming"

Hulme:

  • "Romanticism and Classicism"

Eliot:

  • "Tradition and the Individual Talent"
  • "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time"

Auerbach:

  • Mimesis

Wimsatt and Berdsley:

  • "The Intentional Fallacy"

Brooks:

  • "The Heresy of Paraphrase" from The Well Wrought Urn

Frye:

  • The Anatomy of Criticism

Eagleton:

  • Marxism and Literary Criticism

Hirsch:

  • Validity in Interpretation

Todorov:

  • Mikhail Bakhtin: Dialogical Principle

Barthes:

  • "The Structuralist Activity"

Showalter:

  • "Toward a Feminist Poetics”

Kolodny:

  • "Dancing through the Minefield"

Derrida:

  • "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences"

Kristeva:

  • "The Bounded Text"

Christian:

  • Race for Theory

Booth:

  • The Rhetoric of Fiction
  • The Company We Keep
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