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Introduction to Literary Theory

ENGL 094.401
instructor(s):
TR 3-4:30

In this course, we will examine a broad corpus of texts from a range of modern literary-theoretical schools, including formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, reader-response theory, Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and post-colonialism. Through detailed readings of these works, we will address such issues as: the nature of language and its relationship to reality; the problems of identity and ideology; the notions of cultural authority and difference; and the politics of literature and "theory." Secondary readings will be drawn from British, German, and French/Francophone literary traditions. Taught in English.