1st degree (Bachelor)
School of Ancient & Modern Literatures
Coordinator Office Hours:
First semester: Monday, 11.30-12.30,
Second semester, Monday, 14.30-15.30
Prof Yoav Rinon
During the course we will read various theoreticians of literature, paying special attention to the historical development of the concept of literary theory.
Acquaintance with central trends and theories in literary theories in the 20th century.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To characterize the development of the concept of literary theory and to exemplify it, starting from the linguistics od de Saussure and terminating with the post-colonialism of the end of the 20th century.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
17.3 Introduction: From Structuralism to Post-Structuralism; Structuralism in Linguistics: Ferdinand de Saussure.
24.3 Structuralism in Anthropology and Literature: Levi-Strauss.
31.3 From Structuralism to Post-Structuralism: Roland Barthes.
21.4 Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Northrop Frye.
28.4 Memorial day. No lesson.
5.5 Structuralism/Post-Structuralism and Psychoanalysis: Jacques Lacan.
12.5 Conference Realism and Romanticism. No Lesson.
19.5 Deconstruction: Derrida reads Levi Strauss.
26.5 The Reader: Wolfgang Iser, Stanley Fish.
2.6 Marxism: Karl Marx, Walter Benjamin.
9.6 History and Literature: Hayden White, Michel Foucault.
16.6 Feminism: Virginia Woolf, Katharine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin; Feminism and Lesbianism: Adrienne Rich.
23.6 Queer Theory: Essentialism versus Social Constructionism: John Boswell and David Halperin; Queer Theory and Jewish Studies: Daniel Boyarin.
30.6 Post Colonialism: Edward Said and Frantz Fanon.
Included in the course content section. The files will be on the moodle.
Additional Reading Material:
Will be on the moodle
End of year written/oral examination 100 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
Laptops and cellphones are not allowed during the lesson.