ENGL 230
Introduction to Literary Theory Fall 2018 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as COMP240 / ENGL230

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This course introduces students to some of the most significant and compelling trends in modern criticism–such as gender and postcolonial theory, deconstruction, sociological analysis, and psychoanalytic criticism–in an applied, hands-on way. The course will engage a range of primary texts from Shakespeare to Hitchcock by way of varied 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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1672
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short papers totaling 20 pages
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
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- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives; ENGL Criticism Courses; ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses;

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