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Introduction to Literary Criticism
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal studies, including the first year writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60%, and an overall average of 60%.
The focus of this course will be twofold. Firstly, it will seek to articulate the ways in which critical thinking has developed in literary criticism from the classical to the contemporary period. From this perspective, we will trace the influences of classical thought on contemporary schools by introducing students to a range of methodologies, which will include the following: formalism, semiotics, new criticism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism, queer theory and critical race studies. Secondly, by using this historical and theoretical paradigm as a frame of reference, the course will shift into a critical analysis of theorizing by questioning the presuppositions that underlie various developments in the tradition of critical thinking. Students will be encouraged to consider the relevance of both ancient and current methodologies in relation to issues of representation and power relations in the contemporary world.
Notes: This course is strongly recommended in advance of 300 or 400-level ENGL courses.
Course was last updated June 12, 2009 - 11:22 AM