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									            Literary Theory and
                Methodology
            Session One: Theory Before
                     Theory



Jens Kirk         Dept. of Languages and Culture
                  Agenda
 The course website
 Literary Theory and Your BA
 Literary Theory and Methodology




Jens Kirk      Dept. of Languages and Culture
            The Course Website
 http://www.hum.aau.dk/~i12jk/jenskirk/under
  visningsmappe/teori07-08/programme.htm
 The programme and Jakobson’s
  communication model




Jens Kirk       Dept. of Languages and Culture
                  Six Factors of Verbal
                     Communication
 Roman Jakobson, ”Linguistics and Poetics”


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            Addresser   message              addressee

                        contact

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Jens Kirk               Dept. of Languages and Culture
            Six Functions of Verbal
                Communication
 Roman Jakobson, ”Linguistics and Poetics”



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            Emotive       poetic               conative

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                          metalingual



Jens Kirk             Dept. of Languages and Culture
       Literary Theory and Your BA
 1st and 2nd semesters: Textanalysis and –
  history
 3rd and 4th semesters: Literary theory and
  Methodology
 4th semester: Literature and Media Studies
  project (emnestudie 5)
 5th semester: BA-project
 Links to course websites remain active
Jens Kirk      Dept. of Languages and Culture
     Literary Theory and Methodology

 What is theory?
 What is literature?
 What is methodology?




Jens Kirk      Dept. of Languages and Culture
Questions for Students (five min.)
 What is literature? What is not literature? What are
  the distinctive features of literature (if any)
 Why study (read) literature? Why not? Why is
  literature (not) important? Whatt’s the point of
  literature?
 How do we read literature? Is there a specific way
  of reading literature as opposed to non-literary
  texts?
 When do we (not) read literature?

Jens Kirk         Dept. of Languages and Culture
            What is Theory?
 Theory concerns assumptions, unspoken
  ideas, and silent understandings that govern
  our practice: meaning and value
 Example: The Parable of the Barren Fig
  Tree




Jens Kirk       Dept. of Languages and Culture
  The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
 "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went
  to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the
  man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now
  I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't
  found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' "
  'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and
  I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year,
  fine! If not, then cut it down.' " (Luke 13:6-9)




Jens Kirk              Dept. of Languages and Culture
            What is Literature?
 Narrow sense: The best examples of prose
  fiction, poetry, and drama. Genre and value
  specificity (the canon)
 Broad sense: examples of fictional and non-
  fictional writing. Media specificity.
 Broadest sense: any kind of text in any
  genre or medium (images, video, film music,
  computer games, etc.)

Jens Kirk       Dept. of Languages and Culture
            What is Methodology?
 A set of explicit guidelines or procedures for
  reading and interpreting texts
 Approaches to texts
 Manners of reading
 Theory specificity




Jens Kirk        Dept. of Languages and Culture

								
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