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Critical Approaches to Literature HUMA 3300.001

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Critical Approaches to Literature HUMA 3300.001 HUMA 3300.001 (Ming Dong Gu)

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Course objectives and basic literary devices to prepare for literary studies and in order to start analyzing literature
Critical Approaches to Literature
Dr. Ming Dong Gu
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Critical Approaches to Literature, HUMA 3300.001, LIT 3300.001




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Date Created: 04/05/16
Critical Approaches to Literature January 12th­14th, 2016 Course Objectives:  To learn basic ideas and approaches of major schools of literary theory Materials:  His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell  Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne  Everyday Use by Alice Walker  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  Hamlet by William Shakespeare   Frankenstein By Mary Shelley  What is pre­critical response?  Common senses used in reading and emotions aroused in reading process  Emphasis on nutrition not on technical skills of criticism  Intuitive insights and crude materials for sophisticated criticism Basic terms and concepts for literary studies:  Setting: Time and place where the story takes place;   Kinds of settings: Single settings and multiple settings  Single/simple: the setting does not go beyond a single place and time  Multiple/complex: the setting progresses beyond a single location throughout the story  Story: a story involves events in a chronological order by a narration in a natural way and not an artificial way  Plot: holds a reason or a cause, this is called a contrived sequence of events making it an  artificial way  Plot structure: The relatedness of actions the gradual buildup in suspense from a situation  full of potential to a climax  o A plot often involves one or multiple conflicts: a struggle between protagonist and antagonist  Freytag's pyramid: o Exposition: basic development of plot o Rising action: further developing plot o Climax: biggest moment of the book o Falling action: the story starts to end o dénouement: happy, tragic or neutral ending, but ending none the less  Character: subject of the story, can be human or animal  Antagonist: villain, person of interest usually a villain  Protagonist: hero or heroine, person of interest usually good  Flat character: characteristic trait of being straight forward with no deviation o Ex) Polonius in hamlet  Round character: Characteristic trait shows twists and turns, thus his character develops  in a surprising way.  o Round characters are also ambiguous  Character ambiguity: Role of ambiguity in characters, were you can't tell who is good or  bad  Points of view:  o First person­ The protagonist is the narrator, uses I o Third person­ He or she observes person and events o second person­  person uses you o Omniscient­ God point of view, as if the writer is a god, he can even enter the  minds of the characters  Structure: o Long complex structures versus short poems­To his coy mistress o Classical tragedy­ Hamlet o Ambivalent structures­adventures of Huck Finn and young good man brown  Style: verbal characteristics of a literary work o Plain, Ornate, Spare, Understated (Hemingway) o sophisticated (Oscar Wild) o Compressed, highly allusive (T.S. Eliot)  o Learned and polished (To His Coy Mistress) o Magnificent verse (Hamlet) o Serious and solemn (Young good man brown), dialect (Huck Finn) o Dialect(Hamlet)  Allusion: alluring to something, someone, or someplace in history   Atmosphere: mood in the story, Refers to the mood or feeling which permeates an  environment.  o Ethereal and dreamy like Alice and wonderland  o Erie locales and stormy weather in Frankenstein   o panicky in red badge of courage  o suspense and terror in Edgar Allen Poe  o indifference and listlessness; brutal and violent, gloomy and foreboding in Hamlet o farcical and dramatic in Huck Finn  Theme:  o Universal message, what is the story is all about o Simple or complex, and can be felt or thought; less likely to be part of a  pre­ critical response o A theme is not the story; simply put what does it all mean? o It is the underlying ideas or messages of the action in a literary work o A literary work may have more than one theme o Obvious theme as the message in uncle tom's cabin o Implicit theme in Robin Hood  o Profound theme in Macbeth, the scarlet letter o Multiple themes in Hamlet, Ulysses o You can tell what literary work is good and is not a good by looking at the themes o There is never a single theme to explain a work


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