Graduate Exam Reading List Aesthetic and Critical Theory



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Graduate Exam Reading List

Aesthetic and Critical Theory




  1. Adorno, Theodor W. “On Lyric Poetry and Society”

  2. Aristotle. Poetics

  3. Barthes, Roland. “Death of the Author”

  4. Baudelaire, Charles. “The Painter of Modern Life”

  5. Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility”

  6. Blumenberg, Hans. Paradigms for a Metaphorology

  7. Brecht, Bertolt. “On Chinese Acting”

  8. Brecht, Bertolt. “The Modern Theater is an Epic Theater”

  9. Burke, Edmund. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful

  10. Dante. De Vulgari Eloquentia

  11. Derrida, Jacques. “The Double Session”

  12. Diderot, Denis. “The Paradox of Acting”

  13. Earl of Shaftesbury. “A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm”

  14. Foucault, Michel. “What is an Author?”

  15. Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Lectures on Aesthetics (Selections)

  16. Heidegger, Martin. “The Origin of the Work of Art”

  17. Horace. Ars Poetica

  18. Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Judgment (Selections)

  19. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Laocoon: An Essay upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry

  20. Longinus. On the Sublime

  21. Lukacs, Georg. Theory of the Novel

  22. Mallarmé, Stéphane. “Crisis of Verse”

  23. Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Birth of Tragedy

  24. Plato. “Ion”

  25. Plato. Republic

  26. Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Philosophy of Composition”

  27. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Letter to d’Alembert on the Theater

  28. Scaliger, Joseph Justus. Poetics (Selections)

  29. Schiller, Friedrich. Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man

  30. Shklovsky, Viktor. “Art as Technique”

Further Readings




  1. Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory

  2. Arendt, Hannah. On Humanity in Dark Times

  3. Auerbach, Ernst. Mimesis (Selections)

  4. Blanchot, Maurice. “Literature and the Right to Death”

  5. Blanchot, Maurice. “Narrative Voice (the ‘it’ the neutral)”

  6. Brooks, Cleanth. “The Language of Paradox”

  7. Cavell, Stanley. Disowning Knowledge

  8. Curtius, Ernst Robert. European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages (Selections)

  9. Derrida, Jacques. “Plato’s Pharmacy”

  10. Derrida, Jacques. The Truth in Painting

  11. Eliot, T. S. “Tradition and the Individual Talent”

  12. Empson, William. Seven Types of Ambiguity

  13. Goodman, Nelson. Languages of Art

  14. Habermas, Jürgen. The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity

  15. Hamacher, Werner. Premises: “Essays on Philosophy and Literature from Kant to Celan”

  16. Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

  17. Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe. Typography: Mimesis, Philosophy, Politics

  18. Luhmann, Niklas. Art as a Social System

  19. Lyotard, Jean-Francois. Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime

  20. Szondi, Peter. On Textual Understanding


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