Is there a future to theory? And what is its past? The course will consider a selection of texts from Aristotle to Derrida to explore questions posed in regard to literature and the arts, its genres and its language. At the same time, it will test the relevance of these ideas for our work today. Texts will be made available via course pack, and include a selection of required reading for the M.A. examination in Comparative Literature, as well as supplementary essays by Jean-Michel Rabate, Homi Bhaba, Gilles Deleuze, and others. All reading and discussions will be in English.
Fulfills X & X requirements.