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Literary Theory

ENGL 571.401
instructor(s):
M 2-5

Crosslisted/ COML 501.401, FREN 512.401, SOCI 531.401
Course surveys the intellectual and social sources of the cross-disciplinary movement which crystalized in the last third of the twentieth century as literary theory. These sources include programmatic movements among writers and artists, as well as movements in literary criticism, philosophy, comparative ethnology, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and sociology of knowledge. Synthetic positions include structuralism, postmodernism, and contemporary sociology of cultural production; these have expanded the boundaries of literary analysis to all forms of culture.