Literary Theory and Methodology: Theory of Literary Discourses 1 , 2

  1. The course covers the literary discourse theory: the concepts of discourse, literary model, class, genre, subgenre, coded form; theoretical concepts, conventions and typology of literary discourses; the poetics of oral literature; the comparative poetics of literary discourses (poetry, prose, drama); pre-literary discourses; theories of text and of artistic text; functions of the literary sign; social and aesthetic functions of literature; system and structure; semiotic aspects of the literary text (illustration through examples); history and theory of style; fundamental stylistic/poetic categories; stylistic aspects of the literary text (illustration through examples); specific stylistics of individual literary genres (stylistics of the novel, stylistics of poetry, stylistics of drama).
  2. The course covers the distinctiveness of lyric poetry (as opposed to epic poetry, prose/narrative and the dramatic text); historical introduction to lyric poetry; theoretical concepts of poetry; the conventions of lyric poetry; constitutive features and functions of lyric poetry; structure and semiosis of the lyric poem (lyrical subject, lyrical object, topic and meaning, lyrical pragma, lyrical imagery, lyrical time and space, point of view in the lyric poem). It also includes typology (theoretical models, historical genres and coded lyric forms); rhetoric and stylistics of the lyrical discourse; interdiscursive and intermedial relations in poetry; models and methods of reading lyric poetry (textual and contextual interpretation of lyric poems). The course offers an overview of the historical types of lyric poetry: ancient, medieval, 19th– and 20th-century lyric genres; modern lyric genres and styles; comparative analysis of various genres such as ode, elegy, hymn, etc.