Lecture 1: The Rise of English as a Discipline
Early Controversies & The Rise of the New Critics
1. The emergence of English as a university discipline
Until the late 19th century, the study of the classics preluded the
study of literature in the
Chapter 1 Notes from Doing English by Eaglestone
Where Did English Come From?
o English is an idea.
The Chinese Encyclopedia
o Subjects (disciplines)
o This absurd system makes us realize although our system seems logical &
natural, it too is made
Lecture 2: Close Reading James Joyces Araby
o Close Reading is central to all literary analysis today.
o New Critics gave us the study of English literature.
Todays Task: Close Reading Araby
o Practice avoiding what the New Critics would li
ICON Reading : Formalism
2 Formalists Movements of the early 19th century were:
1. Russian Formalism
2. American new Criticism
o Prior to these movements, the study of literary was concerned with
everything about literature, except for language.
o How lit
Lecture 4: The Tempest, Act II
Freytags Pyramid describes Act II of a typical 5 Act play as the Act of Ascent
in which the plays action intensifies as conflict develops
The Tempest, Scene I
o All the shipwrecked men except Alonsos son, Ferdinand.
Lecture6: The Tempest, Act V & Epilogue
o The Act of Catastrophe
o In considering Freytags Pyramid, conception of the final act in a typical 5
The change or revolution, which produces the conclusion.
Important catastrophic events
Unit II: Development of Critical Perspective & The Rise of Literary Theory
Lecture 3: The Tempest, Act I
Genre Focus: Drama
o The Tempest is a romance or an imaginative romance
Lecture 5: The Tempest Act III & IV
Analyzing structure of the play
Act III Act of Climax (culmination of the rising action)
o Scene I
Miranda & Ferdinand declare their love for each other.
Ferdinands soliloquy & the function of the scene