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Fall 2021
Jul 01,2022
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In this course, students will survey a series of methodological approaches used, historically, to analyze literary representation. We will begin in the classical world, with Platonic (essentialist) and Sophistic (contextualist) theories of representation. From there, we move on to study the theories oflanguage and narrative developed during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the 19th Century. Most the course, however, examines 20"‘ and 21“ literary theories (Saussurean semiotics, Russian Formalism, French structuralism, cultural materialism, along with feminist, queer, Marxist, psychoanalytic, ecocritical, ecofeminist, and deconstructive approaches to literary texts). The course surveys texts written by those for whom writing, narrative, and literature—--or representation more broadly conceived—are always, already situated within (and therefore best understood within) political, historical, cultural, and ideological contexts. Students in the course will analyze the shifting values historically attached to literature, as well as the ethical dimensions of linguistic and narrative traditions and practices; in other words, students will examine the way in which heterogeneous bodies, cultures, nations and eras have used literature and language to negotiate power.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Literature Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Values and Ethics, OLD GE-TOPICS ARTS&HUMANATIES

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