English 362, Survey of Literary Criticism

King Saud University Course Syllabus
College of Arts Semester: II
Academic Year: 1436/1437 (2015/2016)
Instructor’s information:  
Instructor’s name  Mohrah AlOtaibi
Office Hours  Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10:00- 11:00
 Wednesday 12:00-01:00
Office number Building 1, Floor 3, Office #90
Email address  mohrah@ksu.edu.sa
Website    http://fac.ksu.edu.sa/mohrah/home
Course information:  
Course Title Literary Criticism
Course Number 362
Course description This survey course introduces major literary critical theories and
  critics: Classical, Renaissance, Neoclassical, Romantics and early
  20th century New Criticism. Critics include Plato, Aristotle,
  Horace, Longinus, Sidney, Coreneille, Dryden (the Italians,
  Castelvetro and Mazzoni, are mentioned but not emphasized),.
  Johnson and the Romantics: Shelley, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.
  The major themes are traced, and specific orientations are
  emphasized (the mimetic, the expressive, the pragmatic, and
  objective as highlighted by Abrams).Walter Pater and Matthew
  Arnold will serve as transition to the 20th century. Highlighting
  the main position of the New Critics, the course ends at the
  threshold of modernism and postmodernism.
Course Objectives (i.e. 1. Identify and explain the fundamental concepts pertinent to each
Learning Outcomes as literary theory
specified in the Course 2. Use concise critical vocabulary to describe critical orientations
Specifications) 3.Identify the major critics and assign them to their respective theories
  4.Demonstrate awareness of the major differences between the main
  theories (the mimetic, the expressive, the pragmatic, and the objective)


Textbook Abrams, M H. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the
  Critical Tradition. Unknown.
  Barry, P. Beginning theory (third edition): An Introduction to
  Literary and Cultural Theory. Manchester UP. 2009
  Instructor’s copy of Handouts
  A handbook of selected texts is available at the copy centre in your
  instructor’s name.
  Lecture notes will be posted online on LMS Blackboard.
Supplementary Reading Makaryk, Irina R., gen ed.  Encyclopedia of
  Contemporary Literary Theory:Approaches,
  Scholars, Terms. Toronto: University of Toronto
  Press, 1993. Mikics, David. A New Handbook of
  Literary Terms. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007.
  Parker, Robert Dale. How to Interpret Literature:
  Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies.
  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  Schmitz, Thomas A.  Modern Literary Theory and Ancient Texts: An
  Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2007

Methods of assessment:

Type Distribution of Marks Date of Administration Date of Feed-back  
  15 % 5 each 1st Quiz Thursday, Feb 18th Next class  
Quizzes (3)   2nd Quiz Thursday, March 31st    
    3rd Quiz Thursday, April 14th    
  30% 15 each 1st Midterm Thursday, Two weeks  
    March 3rd    
Midterms (2)   2nd Midterm Thursday, April 21st    
Presentation (1) 5 % Revision Week Immediate feedback  
Research Paper (1) 10 % Sunday, April 14th Two weeks  
Final Exam 40%      

Additional notes: No make-ups will be offered for quizzes with or without an excuse. Late submissions of assignments will be penalized with a one-point-deduction each late day.
Students who miss a midterm are supposed to provide me with an excuse for their absence. Only students with valid excuses will take a make-up exam. The exam will cover the entire syllabus and will take place during the review week.

Course Materials