Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG382Y1Y L0101

ENG382Y1Y     L0101    T1-3, R1
Contemporary Literary Theory
Professor Naomi Morgenstern 

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Brief Description of Course: After Starting with an introduction to Marxism, psychoanalysis and structuralism, we will focus on “the linguistic turn” and other more recent developments, responses and refutations. Areas of inquiry will include: feminist theory, queer theory, affect theory, critical race theory and ecology. The study of specific literary texts will be integrated into our study of theory and criticism, as we discuss how literary texts might be said to enact their own theorization. Active discussion and participation will be a crucial component of this course.

Required Reading: The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (vol. 2); Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Bartleby and Other Stories (Penguin); Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (Norton); Toni Morrison, Beloved (Vintage); David Mamet, Oleanna (Methuen). Additional short literary texts and theoretical essays will be available through Blackboard.

First Three Authors/Texts: Marx, Freud, Saussure.

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Essays, tests, participation.

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