Fall 2015

Literary and Critical Theory

Listed in: English, as ENGL-496


Alicia J. Mireles Christoff (Section 01)


This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methods of literary and critical theory, a body of work that explores and critiques modern assumptions about truth, culture, power, language, representation, subject-formation, and identity.  Surveying a wide range of authors and approaches (postcolonial, gender studies and queer theory, critical race theory, psychoanalytic, etc.), we will also draw on the expertise of our own faculty, bringing in weekly guest speakers to help explain particular methodologies and to tell us about how they engage with theory in their own scholarship. In this upper-level seminar, students will grapple with complex theoretical texts, consider the place of theory in literary studies and in film, media, and cultural studies as well, and begin to imagine ways of putting theoretical ideas to work for themselves.

Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Christoff.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to junior and senior majors.


Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022