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