ENGL 230
Introduction to Literary Theory Spring 2015 Division I; Writing-Intensive;
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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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3582
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short papers totaling 20 pages
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
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;

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