Introduction to Literary Theory & Criticism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Intro to Lit Theory & Crit
Spring 2024
Taught By: Basuli Deb
Section: A

CRN: 14799

Credits: 4

In this course, students will gain an introduction to some major themes in and approaches to literary theory across multiple genres, including drama, poetry, the novel, and prose. We will question the continued relevance of "English" as a framework for the study of literature in the United States, thinking through global approaches and what Ngugi wa Thiong'o calls "decolonizing the mind" and language as a central tool of both liberation and oppression. We will turn to ancient Western texts, as they provide a different set of terms through which to orient literary study. We will consider the major tensions that develop across these modalities, focusing on issues of language, representation, power, appearance, and reality. We will consider several critical works by writers themselves and the difference between criticism and theory. We will draw readings from psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, affect theory, narrative theory, and postcolonialism. Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with literature, and it is advisable to have taken at least one 2000-level course in Literature.

Permission of the instructor will be required to register for this course after the first week of the semester.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:50pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 258
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024