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LIT 400 Advanced Seminar in Literature and Literary Theory Full Curriculum Program Fall 2024 Semester CEA CAPA & AAU - Prague

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LIT 400 Advanced Seminar in Literature and Literary Theory

LIT 400 Advanced Seminar in Literature and Literary Theory Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Anglo-American University
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Primary Subject Area: English Language & Literature
Instruction in: English
Course Code: LIT 400
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 400
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 42


The course engages with complex literary texts dating from the early modern era up to the present day, with the overall aim of addressing the relevance of literature for our knowledge of the world. Discussing each text in its historical and social context, it focuses particularly on the ways in which creative writing may be viewed as a form of intervention in society and politics. However, a non-negligible objective of the course is also to demonstrate that literature has always been an art form associated with pleasure, and that this is not mutually exclusive with social or political significance, as technocrats might like to maintain.

The theoretical framing of the course is provided by a typology of critical approaches based on the relative importance attributed to the author, reader, reality, and text respectively. The course follows the basic Aristotelian genre categories of fiction, poetry, and drama, paying detailed attention to the creation of meaning within specific literary forms and their traditions. The sessions focused on fiction include basic training in narratological analysis, foregrounding the importance of narrative voice, point of view, and plot structure. The sessions dedicated to poetry involve the basics of poetics, analyzing the use of form and figurative language in the creation of meaning. Finally, the sessions focused on drama examine the importance of production contexts and styles, and zoom in on the positioning and engagement of audiences by playwrights and theatre makers.

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