This course will provide an exposure to the discourses of contemporary theory. We will study a few precursors before focusing on the main schools of the twentieth century. Theory has exploded and expanded recently. It is used both to understand and to criticize our increasingly globalized world. We will survey the main concepts developed by the Formalist, Structuralist, Post-structuralist, Marxist and Feminist schools, before engaging with Post-colonial studies, Cultural Studies, Queer Theory, Translation Studies and new approaches to World Literature. We will use the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2010) and a few hand-outs.