ENGL602 - Critical Theory And Literary Criticism
0101 - Orrin Wang

An introduction to some of the basic intellectual and historical contours to the study of critical theory.  After giving you a crash course in the linguistic and ideological nature of the sign through Barthes’ Mythologies, the first half of the class will go back and familiarize you with some of the key thinkers and ideas for theory in antiquity and the 18th and 19th centuries, and then focus on the seminal event in 20th-century thought, the change from structuralism to post-structuralism.  The second half of the course will then go on and introduce you to some of the other main theoretical movements of the latter half of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries, such as feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxist criticism, and race studies.  The course will conclude by looking at an event that both overlaps with and goes beyond the change from structuralism to post-structuralism, the movement from modernity (or modernism) to post-modernity (or post-modernism.) Course requirements: class presentations, journals, and a take-home final exam.