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Literary Criticism and Creative Writing

Code 10957
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Literaturas
Entry requirements There is not.
Mode of delivery Lessons of practical-theoretical nature. There are also sessions of tutorial guidance.
Work placements There are no work placements.
Learning outcomes This course unit aims to study literary criticism, based on concepts of literary theory, and also the creation of artistic texts, through practical exercises.
1. Show knowledge of the main trends of literary critical studies in Classical Antiquity, as well as throughout the XIX, XX and XXI centuries.
2. Apply techniques for analyzing the lyric and narrative texts, as well as be able to explain the specific dimensions of the dramatic text and the essay.
3. Reveal ability to produce poetic texts that respect some basic principles of the exercise of literary creation.
Syllabus 1. History of the lexeme "literature".
2. Plato and Aristotle;
3. Rhetoric: its importance to the deviation theories.
4. The idealist stylistic.
5. The Russian formalists.
6. Roman Jakobson:
- Literary Studies and Linguistic Studies;
- the theory of the poetic function.
7. Structuralism.
8. The pragmatic study of literature.
9. The aesthetics of reception: R. Ingarden, Iser, U. Eco and others.
10. Deconstruction.
11. The lyrical text analysis.
12. The narrative text analysis.
13. Discussing literary periodization.
14. Study of the dramatic text: its specificity.
15. Practical exercises to create lyrical texts.
16. The essay as a borderline gender.

This syllabus contains several points that develop either the critical and the creative dimension of the literary activity.
Main Bibliography 1. Main bibliography

Vítor Manuel de Aguiar e Silva, "Teoria da Literatura", Coimbra, Almedina.
José María Pozuelo Yvancos, "Teoría del Lenguaje Literario", Madrid, Cátedra.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Since the classes are mostly theoretical-practical, they will have an eminently theoretical initial part, during which, however, the dialogue with the students is privileged. In a second moment of these classes, the practical work of analyzing literary texts stands out. In a final phase, which also includes the scheduled time of tutorial orientation, the creative productions of the students are read aloud and commented. All this is projected in the criteria of evaluation: the two written tests contain a theoretical part and a section of practical analysis of text (lyrical, in the first test, narrative in the second). The works to be delivered focus on the most creative dimension of the evolution expected to be accomplished by the students, whether in the form of essays or through the creation of lyrical texts. And, finally, two values are delivered to active participation in class.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-16

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