A survey of important contemporary literary theories and their application to literary analysis and criticism.
- Explain important theories and the arguments supporting them.
- Apply different theories to the interpretation or analysis of works of literature.
- Differentiate between the assumptions and methods of different theoretical approaches.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical arguments.
- Readings of representative selections from important contemporary literary theorists
- Discussions of theoretical arguments, including their strengths, weaknesses, and applicability to specific works of literature
- At least two essay-based exams
- At least 8-10 pages of formal writing focused on analyzing theoretical arguments and/or applying those arguments to specific works of literature
Essay exams and formal writing should comprise at least 50% of the course grade.
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