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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 321K • Introduction to Criticism (Honors)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35703 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
mez 1.104

Course Description

Restricted to students admitted to the English Honors Program.

Linguistic Theory and Literary Criticism-

This course is designed to introduce students to kinds of linguistics (and linguistic philosophy) as they have impacted theories of literature. Specifically, we will study Saussurean and Prague School linguistics, generative grammar, speech-act theory, and sociolinguistics in relation to modes of literary criticism--Russian Formalism and Prague School criticism, stylistics and narratology, reader-oriented criticism, deconstruction, and cultural criticism. Although some of our readings will be applied criticism, please note that the course emphasis is on critical theory as opposed to literary analysis.

Grading Policy

Grades are based half on problems, tests, and a presentation (quizzes and problems 5%; presentation 5%; exams 40%, 20% for each of two) and half on writing assignments (minor written assignments 20%; draft and final paper 30%). Discussion and attendance are considered essential, and unsatisfactory marks in these areas are deducted from the final average.


--Austin, How To Do Things with Words
--Saussure, Course in General Linguistics (McGraw-Hill ed.)
--Course packet available at Speedway Printing in Dobie Mall

--Culler, Ferdinand de Saussure
--Newmeyer, Grammatical Theory
--Pomorska and Rudy, eds., Jakobson, Language in Literature


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