English 110B-B - Spring, 2013

Introduction to Modern Literary and Critical Theory

Class Information

Instructor: Marx, John
Time: MWF 11:00-11:50
Location: 106 Olson


    This course will introduce students to contemporary literary and critical theory. Although largely devoted to twentieth-century materials, the course will include key precedents as well. Although we will read materials drawn from a range of disciplines, our aim will be to discover what students of literature have to learn from theories proper to philosophy, linguistics, economics, and other fields. We will also consider theory as a discipline itself, with schools of thought that include structuralism and post-structuralism, Marxism and psychoanalysis, feminism and cultural studies. Students considering graduate school should take this course.


    Grading will be based upon two argument papers, midterm and final exams, as well as class participation.


    The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism , ed. Leitch