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Spring 2016 Undergraduate English Courses: Theories and Methods

359:311 History of Literary Theory II

01  MTH3  CAC  17379  DIENST  SC-101

This course is the second of a two-semester exploration of the history of literary theory in the West. (Each course stands alone: you can enroll in this one without having taken the first.) It is designed to survey the modern history of literary and cultural theory in the West. After an examination of the famous critical projects of Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, we will trace the unfolding of the so-called “linguistic turn” in criticism over the course of the 20th century. In the second half of the semester, we will examine how various challenges to tradition and authority have used the languages of criticism and theory, and conclude with a discussion of the relations between technology, media, and cultural production in the present.