The focus of the seminar is on the relationship of criticism to theory and their connection to literature. The work of the
seminar consists in tracing the genesis of key critical formations and theoretical discourses with exemplary works of literature
that illustrate, underwrite, or contest the theoretical forms that would be imputed, applied, or affiliated to them. Theories,
therefore, are read in concert and/or in counterpoint to the literary texts in which those theoretical constructs purportedly
have their genesis, sanction, or instantiation. The chronological scope of the seminar extends from 1800 forward; the seminar
touches on the most significant theoretical paradigms during this period. The work of this seminar forms part of the project
of the International Comparative Literature Association's Committee on Theory that endeavors to examine and re-connect critical
and theoretical discourses to concrete texts of the literary tradition.