Intro to Literary Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Intro to Literary Theory

Spring 2019

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 4433

Credits: 4

The rise of literary theory has been the most exciting development in literary studies in the past half-century; yet it is also one of the most challenging, the most controversial, and the most poorly understood. This course offers a map of the main currents of contemporary theory. What kinds of texts does literary theory explain, and how does it explain them? Is theory for those who love literature or those who hate it? What is at stake in literary representation and literary criticism? What is the role of race, gender, class, and sexuality in these debates? We read contending views of literature by Armstrong, Bakhtin, Barthes, Derrida, Fanon, Foucault, Glissant, Halberstam, Orwell, Sedgwick, Spivak, Morrison, Moretti, Rancière, and other key theorists, critics, and writers.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 1:20pm 5/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 406

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019