Course Detail

195:301: Introduction to Literary Theory

  • SAS Core Requirement: AHo

Designed especially for students of Comparative Literature, the course has two related aims: 1) to examine critically seminal texts which have helped to shape contemporary views of literature, culture and art; 2) to engage in a sustained, interdisciplinary exploration of the question: what is theory? Topics include: formalism, poetics and narrative theory, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, speech act theory, Marxism, sexuality and gender, race, postcolonial studies.