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A Defence of Literary Theory: A psychoanalytical study of selected works by Percy Bysshe Shelley with a view to didactic usage
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ett Försvar av Litterär Teori : En psykoanalytisk studie av två dikter av Percy Bysshe Shelley samt didaktiska reflektioner. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay argued the importance of literary theory in the classroom. As a teacher, it is possible to achieve the empathetic goals of the English curriculum and Judith A. Langer’s ambition of literate thinking by using poetry and literary theory in school. The essay demonstrated this with a Lacanian reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poems “To a Skylark” and “Ode to the West Wind.” The analysis focused on readable and unreadable aspects of the poems. The readable aspects centred on the role of the Imaginary in “To a Skylark” and the representation of the fragmented body in “Ode to the West Wind.” Furthermore, the unreadable elements of the poetry demonstrated the discrepancy between the performative and declarative dimensions and the role of the pathetic fallacy in the signifying chain.

Finally, this essay argued that, although all aspects of psychoanalytic literary theory should not be used in the classroom, elements of Lacanian thought can be used to combat the prevalence of individualism in Swedish upper secondary schools.

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2017. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
Literary didactics, Lacan, Shelley, literary psychoanalytic criticism, upper secondary school
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61065DiVA, id: diva2:1078429
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English
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Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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