Spanish & Portuguese | Theory and Criticism
S512 | 4123 | Friedman
MW 4:00 - 5:15 pm 3 cr. section # 4123
Ballantine Hall 345
The course will provide an introduction to major theoretical movements of
the twentieth century, from Russian formalism to poststructuralism and beyond.
The course will be divided into the following units:
1. a general survey of twentieth-century theory
2. contextualization of theory and literary study in the United States
3. application of theory: forms of criticism
4. theory after poststructuralism
The focal texts for the individual units will be, respectively, K. M.
Newton, TWENTIETH-CENTURY LITERARY THEORY: A READER (2nd ed.); Vincent B.
Leitch, AMERICAN LITERARY CRITICISM FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE EIGHTIES;
LAZARILLO DE TORMES, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper,"
and selected critical essays; and John Brannigan, NEW HISTORICISM AND
Students will be expected to read all materials with great care, to keep a
journal based on the readings, and to contribute to class discussion.
There will be a number of short written assignments (1-5 pages), as well as
midterm and final examinations. The course grade will be based on class
participation (20%), written work (35%), the midterm exam (20%), and the
final exam (25%)