The Idea of the Autonomous Artwork 
The Idea of the Autonomous Artwork
by Yale / Paul H. Fry
Video Lecture 5 of 26
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Date Added: October 26, 2009

Lecture Description


Overview:



In this lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores the origins of formalist literary criticism. Considerable attention is paid to the rise and subsequent popularity of the New Critics and their preferred site of literary exploration, the "poem." The idea of autonomous art is explored in the writings of, among others, Kant, Coleridge, and Wilde. Using the work of Wimsatt and Beardsley, the lecture concludes with an examination of acceptable categories of evidence in New Criticism.



Reading assignment:




Wimsatt, William K. and Monroe Beardsley. "The Intentional Fallacy." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 811-18

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Course Description


In this course, Prof. Paul H. Fry gives 26 video lectures on Theory of Literature. This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

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