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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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Curriculum for Lit Z Proposal (1975)

Curriculum for Lit Z Proposal (1975)

(p.247) 22 Curriculum for Lit Z Proposal (1975)
The Paul De Man Notebooks

Martin McQuillan

Edinburgh University Press

This Curriculum for Lit Z proposal from Paul de Man in 1975 is an internal document intended for discussion within the faculty teaching on the Literature Major at Yale University. De Man recommends the creation of one new introductory course for undergraduates in comparative literature, called Literature Z, and of a series of follow-up courses or seminars, to be integrated, if possible, within the Literature Major. All these courses, however, should be available to students of any major, in the Humanities or the Sciences. Literature Z is an introductory course in the reading and the interpretation of primary and secondary texts. It is quite different from Literature X, which deals with the relationship between literary fictions and society, and from Literature Y, which deals with the history of contemporary critical theory rather than with exegesis, or the practical application of critical theories. The course would be started under the joint direction of Professors Geoffrey Hartman and de Man for the fall of 1976 or latest the spring of 1977.

Keywords:   curriculum, Paul de Man, Literature Major, Yale University, introductory course, Literature Z, Geoffrey Hartman, comparative literature

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