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Lecture 16 - The Social Permeability of Reader and Text

Lecture 16 - The Social Permeability of Reader and Text

This video was recorded at ENGL 300 - Introduction to Theory of Literature. In this first lecture on the theory of literature in social contexts, Professor Paul Fry examines the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and Hans Robert Jauss. The relation of their writing to formalist theory and the work of Barthes and Foucault is articulated. The dimensions of Bakhtin's heteroglossia, along with the idea of common language, are explored in detail through a close reading of the first sentence of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. Jauss's study of the history of reception is explicated with reference to Borges's "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" and the Broadway revival of Damn Yankees. Reading assignment: Jauss, Hans Robert. "Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 981-88 Bakhtin, Mikhail. "Heteroglossia in the Novel." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 588-93 Resources: Handout: Passages from Bakhtin and Jauss [PDF]


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