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Studies in Literary Theory
LIT THEORY
CLASS CODE: ENG 440 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: ENGLISH
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Surveys predominant critical theories for literary study and interpretation. (Required for English Majors/Literary Studies Emphasis.)
TAUGHT: Fall only.
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Critical theories, including historical, psychoanalytical, archetypal, deconstructionist, reader-response, multicultural, Marxist, feminist, New Criticism, and others; impact of theory on reading, interpretation, and canon formation; application of critical theory to literary texts.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

  1. Read primary texts representing significant literary theories.
  2. Explore one literary theory in depth (students' personal choice).
  3. Read works illustrating the application of literary theory.
  4. Learn about the proponents of significant literary theories and their methods of discourse.
  5. Apply a representative literary theory to a text.
REQUIREMENTS: Readings, oral presentations, and analytical papers to improve critical thinking and interpretive skills, and increase knowledge of interpretive and literary theories. Requires 20 pages of edited prose. MLA documentation.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of English 251.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001