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Laura H Chrisman
ENGL 304
Seattle Campus

History of Literary Criticism and Theory II

Contemporary criticism and theory and its background in the New Criticism, structuralism, and phenomenology.

Class description

This is an upper-division course in critical theory intended for advanced students majoring in literary study. This course addresses literary and cultural theories of the 20th century. We will explore a range of influential theories, with an emphasis on formulations of colonialism, nationalism, race and “minority” formations. We will consider different ways to apply theory to literary materials by including a small number of literary texts in class. Students will be expected to keep up a rigorous reading schedule, and to participate consistently during class discussions. The bulk of the readings will be provided in a photocopied course packet. Literary texts: Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song; Jackie Kay, Trumpet.

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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 Laura H Chrisman
Date: 05/17/2007