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ENG 6018
Criticism and Theory I


Class 1: What is the purpose of literary criticism?


    Class Objectives:

      Introductions
      Review course objectives, texts, schedule, assignments

    In-class Reading Assignment:

    Stanley Fish "Will the Humanities Save Us?" (available in Course Documents on Blackboard)


    Notes and Discussion Questions:

    Introductions

    In-class writing (5 min.): What is the purpose of literary criticism?

    Share answers with a neighbor. After five minutes, we will go around the class and introduce ourselves and share ideas on what the purpose of literary criticism is.

    Discussion Excercise: Crisis in the Humanities

    During the break, have students read Stanley Fish's column. When we return, have students sit in a new place around the table.

    Part one -- 5-10 minutes
    Have each student write in response to the article. Do you agree or disagree with Fish and why? What does this have to do with the study of the history of criticism and theory?

    Part two -- 5-10 minutes
    Have students share their responses in groups of two or three.

    After ten minutes, have students open discussion of the topic to the group at large.


    For next week:

    Reading: Introduction to NATC, Perloff article and responses to Fish (see syllabus link). Your first weekly post to the discussion board on Blackboard is also due by Monday at midnight.


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