Literature 400

Introduction to Literary Theory

Full course for one semester. This class offers an introduction to the major topics in 20th-century literary theory and criticism. Movements covered will include structuralism and semiotics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, New Historicism, gender studies and queer theory, and postcolonialism. The course will be taught as a seminar, with each student responsible for organizing the discussion of a specific topic or text. In addition to theoretical materials, we will read several works of poetry and prose and consider the diverse interpretations they have occasioned. The class is designed for literature majors, but nonliterature majors with adequate preparation will be admitted at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing and at least one literature course, or consent of the instructor; for students taking this course for German credit, German 220 or the equivalent. Cross-listed as English 400 and German 400. Conference.

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