Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies at TU Braunschweig

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Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Literary Theory

Means reflection


Raises our awareness of what we are doing when
we read literature, provides an approach on
reading texts

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

embracing rhyme

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Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

rhyming couplets

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Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Consonance

Repetition of a sequence of consonants

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

The Ballad

• Originally sung rather than read
• Tells a story
• Often written as a dialogue, using parallelism,
incremental repetition, refrain
• Ballad stanza:
• (usually) iambic four-line stanza
• Alternating four- and three-stress lines
• Rhyme scheme abcb
• Development of the genre: from folk ballads
(Middle Ages) to street ballads (17th/18th century)
to literary ballads (19th century)

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Literary History

(Re)constructs the development of literature

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Oxymoron

Trenchant combination of two apparently contradictory terms

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

trochee

/ x
stressed – unstressed

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Literary Criticism

Describes, analyses, interprets and evaluates
literary works

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Terry Eagleton, “Introduction: What is Literature?” (4)

“as a number of ways in which people relate themselves to
writing”: There is no essence of literature!

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Terry Eagleton, “Introduction: What is Literature?” (3)

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as “‘non-pragmatic’ discourse”


=>some literature considers its practical relevance as important
=> how do we define non-pragmatic?

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Author-oriented
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● Biographical approaches
● Psychoanalytical approaches
● Approaches dealing
with the genesis of a work,
its place within an author’s oeuvre

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