ENGL-090-01 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies
Fall for 2016-2017
Faculty:
Fall 2016 - TBD
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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ENGL-090-02 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies
Fall for 2016-2017
Faculty:
The Linguistic Turn and its Discontents

Beginning with the sign structures of Ferdinand de Saussure and the performative utterances of J.L. Austin, this course will begin by investigating the “linguistic turn” and its consequences for twentieth century theories of literature, culture, society, and identity – especially racial and gender identity. The latter half of the course will turn to the burgeoning variety of 21st century theoretical approaches that have either rejected the linguistic turn or attempted to look beyond language to a world populated by things, quasi-objects, animals, raced and gendered bodies, living matter, fossils, and ecosystems. How does the study of language survive the turn against the linguistic turn? How is it transformed? This course is an introduction; it requires no background knowledge; we will read foundational texts slowly, define foundational concepts carefully, and explore their capacity to generate fresh understandings of literary and non-literary texts.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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