ENG382Y1Y L0101ENG382Y1Y L0101 T1-3, R1
Contemporary Literary Theory
Professor Naomi Morgenstern
Room 702, Jackman Humanities Building, Room 702
Email address: email@example.com
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
Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Bartleby and Other Stories
(Penguin); Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (Norton);
Toni Morrison, Beloved
David Mamet, Oleanna
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.