Literary Theory

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Upload Assignment: Paper #2: Using Literary Theory
1. Assignment Information
Name Paper #2: Using Literary Theory
Due Date Monday, June 9, 2014 11:59:00 PM EDT
Create a 1 page, single spaced, response that summarizes and synthesizes your assigned readings. Define literary theory, or literary criticism, and explain how this approach to literature can work as a set of “tools” that you can use to engage a text. Think critically and consider applications for these methods. How could you, or how would you, use literary theory to unpack a literary text (think about your past work with critical lens essays).
What I’m looking for….
•Think critically! I don’t want a dictionary definition. .
•Use MLA Format: heading, margins, page numbers, etc. (but don’t double spaced for this one)..
•Use direct references (direct quotes) to your readings, citing these text with PROPER MLA citations (both in-text citations and works cited). .
•Include a works cited page.
•Upload this response as a Microsoft Word document.

II: Using Theory to Approach Literature
Action Items
What is literary theory? What happened to just looking for metaphors?
1.Read: Critical Lens (***POST PENDING)
2.Read: Stanley Fish. “Is There a Text in this Class.”
3.Read: “Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism”
4.Read: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction,
1.Chapter 1
2.Chapter 2
3.Chapter 3,
linked item Paper #2: Using Literary Theory

Critical Lens
**********FILE PENDING
Stanley Fish “Is There a Text in this Class”
Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism (Purdue OWL)
linked item Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
In this first lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores the course’s title in three parts. The relationship between theory and philosophy, the question of what literature is and does, and what constitutes an introduction are interrogated. The professor then situates the emergence of literary theory in the history of modern criticism and, through an analysis of major thinkers such as Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, provides antecedents for twentieth-century theoretical developments.
•UPLOAD YOUR WORK •12 pt font (Helvetica, Times New Roman, Calabri).AS A MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT


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