ENGL-090 Methods of Lit/Cultural Studies
Fall for 2017-2018
What does it mean to read a work of literature or interpret a cultural artifact? What is “critical reading,” and what is its relationship to “close reading” or, simply, reading? This course explores the different perspectives and techniques that literary scholars have brought to the task of reading and interpretation, understanding the tools of analysis not as rigid cages to force a work of literature into but, rather, as ways of engaging the wonderfully complex ideas that literary and cultural texts themselves develop and wrestle with. Our primary texts may include a number of poems (by Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and others), a play (Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine), and a novel (Bram Stoker’s Dracula); the ways that we’ll approach them will include formalism, psychoanalysis, post-colonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, deconstruction, and ecocriticism. Requirements include formal papers and less formal writing (both in-class and between classes). Please note that this course does NOT fulfill the HALC requirement.
Prerequisites: HUMW 011 or equivalent; Does NOT count toward HUMW II
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