The approach to literary texts including the linguistic perpective that Russian formalism, New criticism, Idealism and Rhetoric provide to find out the linguistic sources of this texts is the first step for understanding its operating mode although other aspects related to sociological organization of literary production are required for a full comprehension. Therefore, certain instruments of sociological, historical but also discoursive analysis should be used. All literary and non literary discourses are determined by social agents that canalise its production, image as well as its distribution.
In this context, the power should be understood as the power of certain social groups, not necessarily political or related to politics that are responsable of literary and non literary discourses according to their interests.
The following contents will be studied in this course:
1. Discourse and cultural imaginery.
a.- The construction of relations between discoursive structure and referencial stucture. Domination systems and truth conditions in discourse.
b.- Models and antimodels.
2.- The space of cultural domination.
a.- The argument from authority and tradition.
b.- Genres and discourses.
c.- Corpus and canon.
3.- Ideology, knowledge and cultural imaginaries.
a.- Expression of dominance power and critical thinking.
b.- Rebellion and critical discourse.
4.- Cultural imaginary and domination.
a.- Homogenization of the image of cultural otherness.
b.- Historical construction of barbarity and civilisation.
c.- Discourse practices and domination and its elements.