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Modern Literary Theory and Criticism

ENGL 605.401
crosslisted as: COML 605, GRMN 605, FREN 605
instructor(s):
F 2-5:00

This course will provide an overview of major European thinkers in literary theory of the 20th and 21st centuries.  We will pay particular attention to the following movements:  Structuralism and Deconstruction (Lévi-Strauss, Jakobson, Barthes, Derrida), Social Theory (Foucault, Rancière), Psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan, Abraham and Torok), Schizoanalysis (Deleuze and Guattari), Feminism and Queer Theory (Irigaray, Kristeva, Sedgwick), Spatial Theory (Bachelard, DeCerteau, Lefebvre), and the Frankfurt School (Adorno and Horkheimer, Kracauer).  Readings and discussion will be in English.