ITAL602 - TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Theoretical and practical aspects of academic research. Please check the department's website for the course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/graduate/courses
Section 401 - SEM
INSTITUTIONS OF CRITICISM AND FORERUNNERS OF THEORY: A THEMATIC AND HISTORICAL OUTLINE. Where does contemporary "Literary Theory" come from? What are the recurrent themes that bring critics and writers back to crucial questions about language, representation, interpretation and the uses of literature? Where did it all start? Commentary, exegesis, and hermeneutics exhibit different forms of knowledge of texts in a Eurocentric tradition developed in ancient Greece, pursued in Roman and medieval times, further developed at the end of the 18th Century and at the beginning of the 19th. This will be the span of time covered by the texts examined in the course, keeping in mind the relevance they have in shaping today's theoretical landscape. Plato, Dante, Vico, Hume, Kant, and Coleridge are but a few of the authors critically approached in this course. They are at the root of today's Theory an Cultural Studies.
T 0200PM-0400PM
LOCATELLI, CARLA
DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 3C6