Upon completion of the course the students:
- Will have comprehended the historical way of existence and development of literature, seen as a social cultural practice.
- Will be able to trace the peculiar relations of literature with other fields of human activity.
- Will be able to use the corpus of acquired knowledge and skills for a meaningful and deep analysis and comprehension of literary texts and, therefore, for a more effectual teaching of literature in schools.
- The ultimate goal of the teaching path is to create the critical mass of critical knowledge regarding the products of the par excellence human creation, that of discourse, knowledge above the necessary level for those intended to teach these exact “products” or, in other words, to “make the children learn”.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on the definition, the limits and the historical way of existence of the specific discourse practice that is known to us as “literature”, its relations with other social practices, as well as the terms of production transmission, perception, analysis and interpretation of the discourse products which – by convention or agreement – might be considered as literary. Some of the subtopics that will be discussed during the course: definitions of key concepts and of methodological tools, the limits of the object, literary and non-literary texts, the literary canon, the limits and goal setting of the theory: comprehension, analysis and interpretation, the historical proceedings of the genesis of the field, the mainstreams and the main interpretive paradigms of the 20th century, the use and the utility of the Theory of literature in teaching practice etc.
Literature, theory of literature, aesthetics, genres, literary camp, literary canon, literary movements, didactic of literature