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relationship linking literary theories to each other. Each unit explains the basic principles of the theory it addresses, including the basic principles of literary application, in order to enable students write their own theoretical interpretations of literature and read with insight what the theorists themselves have written. The course in general, demonstrates how critical theories both argue and overlap with one another, sometimes overturning, and sometimes building on the insights of competing theories. By studying a number of literary theories, you are reminded that multiple viewpoints are important if you are to see the whole picture and to grasp the very process of understanding that underlies human experience thereby increasing your ability to see both the value and the limitations of every method of viewing the world. This Course Guide gives you an overview of the course. It also provides you with information on the organisation and requirements of the course. COURSE AIMS Basically, this course aims at: enabling students to grasp some theoretical concepts in literature by relating them to our everyday experience explaining to students how to apply theoretical perspectives to literary works revealing to students the relationships among theories-their differences, similarities, strengths, and weaknessesby applying them all to literary works COURSE OBJECTIVES Each unit of the course also has some set objectives. These will guide you in your study. They are usually stated at the beginning of each unit and when you are through with studying the units go back and read the
6objectives. This would help you assimilate the task you have set out to achieve. On completion of the course, you should be able to: a)discuss the emergence of literary theory and criticism b)discuss the earliest theorists and critics of literature c)discuss the postulations of the various theories of literature d)discuss the strengths, and weaknesses of the theories e)apply the theories to the analysis and criticism of works of literature WORKING THROUGH THIS COURSETo complete the course, you are required to read the study units and other related materials. You will also need to undertake practical exercises for which you need a pen, a notebook, and other materials that will be listed in this guide. The exercises are to aid you in understanding the theories being presented. At the end of the course, you will write a final examination. COURSE MATERIALS The major materials you will need for this course are: Course Guide Study Units Relevant textbooks including the ones listed under references/further reading Assignment file Presentation schedule STUDY UNITS There are 18 study units in this course as follows: Module 1 An Overview of Literary Theory and Criticism Unit 1Background to Literary Theory and Criticism Unit 2 Literary (Critical) Theory: A Definition Unit 3 Literary Theory as a Discipline Unit 4 Literary Criticism: A Definition Unit 5 Functions of Literary Criticism Module 2 Theories of Literature (1) Unit 1Mimetic Theory of Arts Unit 2 Formalist Theory and Criticism Unit 3 Structuralist Criticism Unit 4 Post Structuralism

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