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What is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose? Literature theory will get you introduced to the answers of above questions.

Literature provide background for the readings and explicate them appropriately. Literature attempt to develop a coherent overall context. This course will let you know the underlying principles to understand literature and help you to justify any kinds of critical activity.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Yale University


Course Curriculum

Module 01
1. Introduction 00:40:00
2. Introduction (cont.) 00:47:00
3. Ways In and Out of the Hermeneutic Circle 00:47:00
4. Configurative Reading 00:52:00
5. The Idea of the Autonomous Artwork 00:47:00
6. The New Criticism and Other Western Formalisms 00:50:00
7. Russian Formalism 00:49:00
8. Semiotics and Structuralism 00:52:00
9. Linguistics and Literature 00:50:00
10. Deconstruction I 00:52:00
11. Deconstruction II 00:53:00
12. Freud and Fiction 00:51:00
13. Jacques Lacan in Theory 00:51:00
Module 02
14. Influence 00:51:00
15. The Postmodern Psyche 00:53:00
16. The Social Permeability of Reader and Text 00:50:00
17. The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory 00:52:00
18. The Political Unconscious 00:54:00
19. The New Historicism 00:54:00
20. The Classical Feminist Tradition 00:53:00
21. African-American Criticism 00:54:00
22. Post-Colonial Criticism 00:55:00
23. Queer Theory and Gender Performativity 00:50:00
24. The Institutional Construction of Literary Study 00:51:00
25. The End of Theory?; Neo-Pragmatism 00:54:00
26. Reflections; Who Doesn’t Hate Theory Now? 00:50:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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