Introduction to Literary Theory

[cross-listed with SPAN501]

The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to the key texts, themes and some of the more influential theories in literary criticism and cultural studies from the twentieth century to the present. The course is primarily designed for those with little or no background in theory who need an initial survey to focus their interests. Students are encouraged to go beyond the material covered in class in individual assignments.

Required readings:

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology (Third Edition, Blackwell, 2017).

Recommended readings:

Malpas, Simon, and Paul Wake, eds. The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory (Routlege, 2006).

Selden, Raman, Peter Widdowson, and Peter Brooker. A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (Pearson, 2005).

Culler, Jonathan. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2011).

Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction (U Minnesota P, 2008).

Language of instruction: English

Instructor: Antje Ziethen

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