This course introduces the long tradition of textual interpretation and interpretive theories within literary studies. Key concepts are studied within the history of literary criticism from Plato on down: from mimesis to morality, from poetic genre to degeneracy. The limits of literary interpretation are explored in relation to other forms of interpretation; authorial intentionality, the historicity of interpretation and interpretive validity are covered.  The course is designed to increase the student’s knowledge in these areas, as well as raise awareness of the ongoing and persistent debates about interpretational authority.

Given in period 1. The seminar series given in English is only open to students within the Master's programme in literature, or students taking advanced level courses within the teacher education programme.

Seminar teachers: Paul Schreiber and Irina Rasmussen

Information autumn 2017

Note that the schedule is subject to change, in case of unforeseen circumstances.

  • Schedule
  • Course literature: see attachment