English Literature: Literary Theory
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English Literature: Literary Theory

English Literary Criticism and Analysis
4.6 (65 ratings)
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Created by Masood Raja
Last updated 6/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 12 hours on-demand video
  • 25 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • In this course, you will first learn major theoretical ways of critical reading and then learn to apply these skills while reading some texts provided through the course. You will also learn how to use these skills in developing critical skills useful in real life situations.
  • You should be interested in viewing/ reading the course materials and should be willing to practice what you learn.

This is an ever-growing course and new materials will be added regularly.

Designed for students and beginning scholars of English Literature, this course will introduce you to major schools of thought in English literary theory and literary analysis.  Besides the video lectures, the course includes textual resources, links to longer and more detailed videos, and links to the resources on my website.

What You Will learn:

  1. All major approaches to English literary theory and analysis.

  2. How to read texts critically and how to understand literature from various theoretical perspective.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is ideally suited for undergraduate English and humanities majors and minors and anyone else interested in developing their critical reading and analysis skills.
Course content
Expand all 37 lectures 11:59:04
+ Introductory Materials
3 lectures 22:52

This video introduces you to the course and informs you about what to expect from the course. Ensuing videos will cover each major school of literary theory and will also provide you with additional resources.

Preview 03:06

A brief explanation of how to build your knowledge of theory over time, especially after you finish this introductory course.

Preview 15:33

This brief video explains what roughly is literary theory and gives you an idea of how different theories emerge because of the emphasis on the text, the author, or the reader.

What is Literary Theory?
+ Major Theoretical Approaches
10 lectures 02:26:03

This video introduces you to the basics of New Criticism and to some ideas of its major thinkers.

New Criticism

Using the resources provided for this lecture, this video component introduces you to the general ideas of some of the major New Criticism theorists.

New Criticism: Major Theorists in the American Context

This video lecture introduces students to certain basic ideas, concepts, and practices of the structuralist movement.


This brief video summarizes what we have covered so far in the course.

Summary of Lectures delivered so far

This video introduces you to the main concepts related to poststructuralist theory.


This brief video introduces you to Reader Response criticism with brief introduction to some major thinkers and their ideas on the subject.

Reader Response Criticism/ Reception Theory

This lecture introduces you to some major Marxian ideas and then explains Marxism further by discussing other Marxist theorists and writers.


A brief introduction to postcolonialism and postcolonial criticism.


This lecture explains Freudian Psychoanalysis and its use for reading literary text.

+ Videos on Selected Readings
8 lectures 01:58:24

This brief video answers a few questions about the Matthew Arnold essay "Functions of Criticism."

Notes on Matthew Arnold
John Crowe Ransom: "Criticism Inc.
Cleanth Brooks: "Heresy of Paraphrase."
Intentional and Affective Fallacy

This is an edited version of an online class that I conducted for my students in the spring of 2020. I am hopeful that this would be of some sue to you all.

Derrida: Plato's Pharmacy

An introduction to Louis Althusser's essay on ideological state apparatuses. The essay is provided in resources.

Louis Althusser: RSAs and ISAs

A brief discussion of a classic structuralist essay. Please read the full essay provided under resources to this video.

Structuralism: Example Essay
+ Quizzes and Practice Materials
0 lectures 00:00

This quiz allows you to test your understanding of new criticism.

New Criticism Quiz
5 questions
Structuralism Quiz
5 questions
Poststructuralism Quiz
3 questions
Psychoanalysis Quiz
5 questions
+ Additional Materials
16 lectures 07:11:45
Introduction: Additional Materials Section
Intro to lectures on Eagleton Text

This lecture is from my YouTUbe Channel and discusses Terry Eagleton's discussion of English Literature and Literary Theory from his famous book: Literary Theory: An Introduction.

Eagleton: What is Literature

This is chapter two of Terry Eagleton's book on Literary Theory (Full PDF of the book is available in resources to this section) and is also available on my YouTube channel.

Eagleton: Chapter 1--The Rise of English

This is a discussion of chapter 2 of Terry eagleton's book. The full pDF of the book is provided under resources, please do read it along with the lectures.

Eagleton: Chapter 2--Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Theory
Eagleton: Chapter 3 (Part 1) Structuralism and Semiotics
Eagleton: Chapter 3 (Part 2)
Eagleton: Chapter 4 (Part 1) Poststructuralism
Eagleton, Chapter 4 (Part 2) Poststructuralism

Part one of my discussion of Eagleton's chapter on Psychoanalysis.

Eagleton, Chapter 5 (Part 1)
Eagleton, Chapter 5 (Part 2: Psychoanalysis
Eagleton: Chapter 5 (Part 3)
Eagleton: Conclusion
Formalism and New Criticism
Althusser: Repressive and Ideological State Apparatuses