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Jan Sjavik
C LIT 502
Seattle Campus

The Theory of Literature III: Special Topics

Offerings vary to cover topics such as individual theorists, theoretical movements, or the intersection of literary theory with other disciplines or arts (psychoanalysis, structuralism, ethics, aesthetics).

Class description

Autumn Quarter, 2004: This seminar will have as its focus the role that rhetorical conceptions of truth have played in recent critical theory and practice. The emphasis will be placed on the work of Stanley Fish, Richard Rorty and Donald Davidson, whose writings will be assessed both with a view to their intellectual content and their professional usefulness and relevance to the seminar participants.

Requirements: Oral reports, miscellaneous shorter writing assignments, and a seminar paper.

Readings: Stanley Fish, Doing What Comes Naturally, Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope and Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, Donald Davidson, Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, as well as a generous selection of articles.

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Class assignments and grading

Please see the Instructor Class Description for Scand 504, where there is a detailed (and somewhat cumbersome) description of how Scand 504/C LIT 502 will be graded. Basically, your course grade is the grade on your seminar paper, but if your oral reports and class participation are superior in quality to your paper, your course grade will be higher than your paper grade (but not the other way around; I won't dock you for low class participation or lackluster reports if you write a brilliant paper).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jan Sjavik
Date: 05/11/2004