The purposes of the course are: (1) to understand critical concepts, debates, and methods formulated in the syllabus texts; (2) to trace the development of criticism within this period; and (3) to provide students with a critical vocabulary and some general methodological frameworks that may be applied to their readings of literary texts. 




We will meet once a week for three hours.  The course will be made up of formal lectures, group work, and class discussions guided by a student paper given at the beginning of each class.  Each week different students will present short argumentative papers on that week’s reading and its potential application to literary texts. 




Class Participation and Attendance – 10%
Paper Presentation – 15%
Mid-Term Paper – 35%
Final Paper – 40%




The reading for the course will be available in the course pack and will include:

Immanuel Kant, Selections from Critique of the Power of Judgment
William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads
S. T. Coleridge, Selections from Biographia Literaria
Mathew Arnold, ‘The Function of Criticism at the Present Time’
Walter Pater, Selections from The Renaissance
Oscar Wilde, ‘The Critic as Artist’
Friedrich Nietzsche, Selections from The Birth of Tragedy and The Genealogy of Morals

The course pack is available for sale at AV & Reserve counter (Main Library, 1/F) at HK$232.00 per pack. Please make sure that your enrolment has been approved before purchasing the course pack. No refund can be arranged.



Last updated: 10 January 2017