English | Critical Practices
L371 | 9102 | Jessie Molesworth
L371 9102 CRITICAL PRACTICES
2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.
PREREQUISITE: L202 with grade of C- or better. NOTE: The English
Department will strictly enforce this preequisite. Students who
have not completed L202 with a grade of C- or better will have their
registration administratively cancelled.
Title: Socio-Historical Approaches to Literature
Description: This class aims to expose students to several of the
most important sociological and historical methodologies for
examining literature. The first part of the course will concentrate
on Marxist and Marxist-inspired approaches, while the second part
will deal with movements bearing some relation (positive and
negative) to this Marxist genealogy, including cultural materialism,
the Frankfurt School, new historicism, postmodernism and
postcoloniality. Individual theorists and critics will include
Hegel, Marx, Bakhtin, Lukacs, Benjamin, Horkheimer and Adorno,
Foucault, Freud, Greenblatt, D. A. Miller, Jameson, and Spivak.
Using these methodologies and theories as a guide, we will examine a
variety of primary texts, from the Renaissance to the contemporary,
from Shakespeare to Derek Walcott.