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LIT360 Literary Theory

Lead Faculty: Dr John J. Miller

Course Description

A survey of major classical and contemporary arguments about the nature of literature, literary expression, and literary experience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, familiarity with the assumptions and conclusions of important literary theories from the classical era to the present.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, familiarity with questions about literature which have been posed by critics of different eras and critical perspectives, and with the ways in which those critics have tried to respond to those questions.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to read literary theory texts critically, to analyze their assumptions, and compare their arguments with other theoretical texts.
  • Situate modern and contemporary theoretical texts within the ongoing debates over persistent critical themes and questions.
  • Apply different theoretical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of different works of literature.