ENGL 230 Spring 2015 Introduction to Literary Theory (W)

Cross Listed as COMP240
This course introduces students to some of the most significant and compelling trends in modern criticism-such as gender theory, deconstruction, new historicism, and psychoanalytic criticism-in an applied, hands-on way. The course will consider a few primary texts from different eras-a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth-century novel, a contemporary film, for example-each in terms of a variety of theoretical approaches. Can Othello be read as a feminist text? A site of class struggle? A staging of the relationship between language and the unconscious? The course aims both to make familiar some of the critical methods students are likely to encounter in the field of literary studies these days, and to show how such methods can transform our understanding of a text, opening surprising possibilities even in familiar works. In the process, the course will also raise broader questions about the imperatives and usefulness of literary theory in relation to texts and worlds.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short papers totaling 20 pages
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, sophomores, English majors who have yet to take a Gateway, and potential Comparative Literature majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives, ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3582
ENGL 230 - 01 (S) SEM Intro to Literary Theory (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Christopher L. Pye
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Sawyer 508 3582
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