English 110B - Fall, 2019

Introduction to Modern Literary & Critical Theory

Class Information

Instructor: Shershow, Scott
Time: MWF 10:00-10:50
Location: 115 Hutchison


    This course will be an introduction to contemporary literary and critical theory, especially recommended for students considering graduate school in the humanities or social sciences. We’ll consider texts that straddle the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, drawing from philosophy, literary studies, history, linguistics, and political theory. We’ll also try to consider “theory” in general not as an esoteric exercise, but as a robust engagement with the world in all its conflict and complexity.


    Evaluation will be based on three "collections:" short papers on assigned questions, a formal term paper, and participation in discussion sections.


    The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, 3rd edition, Leitch, et. al.