Contemporary criticism and theory and its background in the New Criticism, structuralism, and phenomenology.
This class will provide an introduction to some of the major currents in contemporary literary theory. We will begin with a background in humanism, hermeneutics and phenomenology and subsequently investigate the development of ideas in the areas that are generally perceived as the core of modern literary theory: Formalism, New Criticism, Structuralism, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Post-Structuralism. By the end of the quarter, we will also move into more contemporary areas including New Historicism, Cultural Studies, Feminist Literary Criticism, Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies and Multiculturalism.
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