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 familiarizing you with some of the key thinkers and ideas for theory in antiquity and the 18th and 19th centuries, and the course will 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 further at some conceptual terms especially enabling for the study of literature today: culture, modernity, post-modernity (or postmodernism), globalization, bio-politics, and new media. Course requirements: class presentations, journals, and a take-home final exam.