English | Critical Practices
L371 | 2951 | Jesse Molesworth
L371 CRITICAL PRACTICES
2951 - 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 prerequisite. Students who
have not completed L202 with a grade of C- or better will have their
registration administratively cancelled.
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.
Students will be expected to give a brief (10-15 minute)
presentation and to write an article-length research paper on a
topic drawn from the concerns of the course.