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ENGL189B PO - Introduction to Literary Theory

When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
Instructor(s): E. Kindley
Credit: 1

What is literature? How does it differ from other forms of human communication, representation, and knowledge? How can we assess the meaning, value, and historical significance of individual literary works, and understand the functions and effects of specific genres, tropes, and tendencies? What is an author, and how much power do they have to shape our reading? How, and under what conditions, does literature reflect or intersect with history, politics, sexuality, race, and other social phenomena? These are some of the questions that literary theorists, critics, and philosophers have asked in the 20th and 21st centuries. This course provides a broad overview of some of the major theoretical developments of the past hundred years and serves as an introduction to significant interventions and texts in the literary-critical tradition. Authors may include Viktor Shklovsky, Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Frantz Fanon, Edward Said, Hortense Spillers, Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Lauren Berlant. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: ENGL 067 PO .
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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