Literary and Critical Theory
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

ENG 5250 - Literary and Critical Theory

This course surveys philosophies that impact literary or cultural studies, from the thought of ancient philosophers to modern critical theorists. Delving deep into theories of language, representation, power, and identity, students will explore a wide range of intellectual problems that drive advanced work across a number of fields in today's world. Thus it also prepares students to engage the discourses prevalent in graduate studies across the humanities. Students will interpret and analyze theoretical works with relevant aesthetic, philosophical, and spiritual contexts. Students will also apply particular theories to specific literary texts. Previous theorists taught include Plato, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous, and Judith Butler.

Credit Hours: 3

Term Offered: Fall of even years