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Katy Masuga
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 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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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 Katy Masuga
Date: 09/19/2008