ENGL-260 Intro to Critical Theory
Spring for 2015-2016
This course will provide an overview of principles, concepts, and themes that have organized literary studies across the twentieth century. We will focus on major theoretical schools of thought, including Russian formalism, narratology, Marxist cultural theories, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism, feminist and queer theories, and postcolonial theory. We will, in turn, investigate how literary works might not only become legible through these frameworks, but also resist, supplement, or critique them through their linguistic and rhetorical behavior. Particular attention will be paid to concepts of authority, time, agency, and interpretation as they are staged in both the literary and theoretical works. Course requirements are participation, short papers, quizzes, and postings on blackboard.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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