English 621


      English 621:  Principles of Literary Criticism and Theory

          Dr. Jolanta Wawrzycka

       CHBS Building 4117. E-mail: jolanta@radford.edu

ABOUT THE COURSE: Readings from classical, modern, and post-modern literary  thinkers are designed
to help us analyze and understand some of the principles behind critical and theorized readings of literature. We will use James Joyce’s stories, Dubliners, as textual points of reference, a base for learning how critical and theoretical readings are constructed by scholars. By studying about some of the historical and cultural contexts in which thinking about language and literature had developed, you will gain understanding of how to build your own critical analysis of a text by using theoretical approach of your choice in your term paper.

Typically, this course makes use of the following               textbooks and resources:                                                  Archives of Prague Castle. Photo: M. Peterka

  1. Bullet Leitch et al, Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.  2nd ed.

  2. Bullet Dobie, Ann B., Theory into Practice. 3rd. ed.

  3. Bullet Abrams, M. H.,  Glossary of Literary Terms. 10th. ed.

  4. Bullet Joyce, James, Dubliners (Viking Critical ed or Bibliomania)

  5. Bullet Bosinelli, Rosa Maria and Harold Moser, ReJoycing: New Readings of Dubliners.

  6. Bullet Links to on-line resources.

  7. Bullet PDFs on D2L.

My James Joyce webpages may be of help as we study Dubliners:

The Joyce of  Dublin 

Clongowes Wood College


Galway - Nora Barnacle's House

Full Course Syllabus is available on D2L.

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