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Rahul Krishna Gairola
ENGL 302
Seattle Campus

Critical Practice

Intensive study of, and exercise in, applying important or influential interpretive practices for studying language, literature, and culture, along with consideration of their powers/limits. Focuses on developing critical writing abilities. Topics vary and may include critical and interpretive practice from scripture and myth to more contemporary approaches, including newer interdisciplinary practices. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENGL 197 or ENGL 297; a minimum grade of 2.0 in ENGL 202 or ENGL 301; may not be repeated if received a grade of 2.0 or higher.

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Critical Paradigms for Analyzing Ethnic American Literature

This course aims to introduce students to the field of social, historical, and philosophical inquiry commonly aggregated under the umbrella term "critical theory." We will discuss a number of movements including Marxism, structuralism, deconstruction, feminism, race studies, queer studies, and cultural studies, and will read key texts by the likes of Karl Marx, Louis Althusser, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Gayle Rubin, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and/ or Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. The focus will be on understanding the theoretical texts, their historical contexts, and their application to 2-3 novels that we will be reading, which will include Ruth Ozeki's "My Year of Meats," Salman Rushdie's "Fury," Toni Morrison's "Sula," and/ or Karen Tei Yamashita's "Through the Arc of the Rainforest." We may also supplement these readings with films including "The Corporation" and "Ethnic Notions."

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rahul Krishna Gairola
Date: 03/01/2011