Ph.D. Reading List for Literary Theory and Criticism
A reading list for all parts enumerated below will be compiled by the student with the help of the examination committee. The definitive version of the reading list, with a cover page bearing signatures of the committee members and indicating who will direct the examination and chair the dissertation, must be submitted to the graduate studies committee no later than one month prior to the scheduled date of examination. The list must be approved by the faculty members of the graduate studies committee. Please note: Students should also submit a description of the special area, related to the dissertation, along with the reading list.
All lists must include at least twenty of the works below. The GSC will consider alternative texts from the same historical periods. In addition, the list must contain approximately twenty works from the twentieth century, chosen so as to include a reasonable distribution of texts that address at least three important areas of recent criticism.
Plato, Symposium, "Phaedrus,""Ion," Republic (Bks. 2,3,10)
Horace,"The Art of Poetry"
Longinus, "On the Sublime"
Boethius, "The Consolation of Philosophy"
St. Augustine, "De Ordine," "De Musica"
Dante Alighieri, "Letter to Can Grande della Scala"
Leonardo da Vinci, "Notebooks" (selections)
Marsilio Ficino Commentary on Plato's Symposium
Sir Philip Sidney, "An Apologie for Poetrie"
Nicholas Boileau, "The Art of Poetry"
Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism"
Samuel Johnson, Preface to Shakespeare, "Rasselas" (Bk. 10)
Giambattista Vico, "The New Science" (Bks. 1-3)
Gotthold Lessing, Laocoön (Chs.2,3,16)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau,"Essay on the Origin of Language"
Immanuel Kant,Critique of Judgement (Bks. 2,3)
G.W.F. Hegel, Introduction to The Philosophy of Fine Art
William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Samuel T. Coleridge, "Biographia Literaria" (Chs. 7,14,15,17,18)
Percy B. Shelley, "Defense of Poetry"
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, "On Truth and Lies in Their Non-Moral Sense"
David Hume, "Of the Standard of Taste"
Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry...
Matthew Arnold, Science and Poetry, Culture and Anarchy, "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time"
Oscar Wilde, "The Critic as Artist"
Stéphane Mallarmé,"Crise de vers"
Marcel Proust, "Contre Sainte-Beuve"
All titles and spelling must be correct. The GSC will not consider any list with more than 5 errors.
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Our Fourth Annual Graduate Student Conference, entitled “CONTAINERS”, will be held October 18-19, 2013 at Stony Brook Manhattan. We will be exploring interdisciplinary ideas of containment through the lenses of art, literature, political science, performance studies, film, and cultural and media studies. We are proud to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.
The department of Cultural Analysis and Theory in collaboration with HISB, has invited Dr. Catherine Malabou to Stony Brook this coming 22-23 October. Dr. Catherine Malabou will give a Public Lecture, “From Sorrow to Indifference” at 4.30 p.m. on 22 October. The next morning, 23 October, she will lead a seminar taking off from the topic of her book, What Should We Do With Our Brain? Participants in the seminar will be asked to read a text in preparation for the discussion.
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Brooke Belisle, a 2013 New Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies will join the department next year. "Click here for more information"
New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies