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ENGL 4551 Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course will introduce students to some major texts of contemporary theory. We will spend several weeks on psychoanalytic theory (Freud, Lacan, Kristeva). We will also read five or so essays from The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism to sample deconstruction, post-colonial theory, feminism, and other post-structuralist approaches. Theorists such as Benjamin, Foucault, and Agamben will be examined for political theory. This course is meant to enable students to participate in current national and international debates that, especially due to their political vitality, manage to touch on all literary fields.

Instructor(s): Frances Restuccia

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 17-Jan-18