English | Introduction to Criticism
L371 | 2218 | Bose

L371 2218 BOSE
Introduction to Criticism

8:00a-9:15a TR (30) 3 cr.

	This course will be organized around a set of critical
approaches, such as formalism, post-structuralism, Marxism, post-
colonialism, and feminism.  Rather than provide an exhaustive survey
of critical theory, we will concern ourselves with investigating the
ways in which these critical approaches conceptualize the
relationship between narrative, on the one hand, and history, on the
other.  In addition to analyzing the conceptions of representation
that underwrite our readings, we will contextualize them within the
history of contemporary literary theory and social movements.
Throughout the course, we will ask:  What is the connection between
representation in the mimetic sense delineated by Aristotle and
political representation in the public sphere?  And what sorts of
ethical, moral, and political responsibilities are attendant on
being an intellectual today?  We will approach individual readings
fairly systematically by inquiring how each text 1) defines its
object of investigation; 2) organizes its argument by ascertaining
its key critical terms, its structure, and the kinds of evidence it
employs; 3) contains conceptual gaps which cannot be elaborated
within the terms of the argument.  Required readings include Terry
Eagleton’s Literary Theory: An Introduction, David Lodge’s Nice
Work, and course packet of articles. Students should expect to take
two exams and write two papers.