English 161

Upper Division Coursework: Introduction to Literary Theory

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2007 Puckett, Kent
Puckett, Kent
TTh 12:30-2 3 LeConte

Other Readings and Media

Barthes, R.: Mythologies; Lodge, D., ed.: Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader; a course reader containing essays by Derrida, de Man, Marx, Adorno, Butler, Foucault, Freud, Lacan, Spivak, and others


This course will serve as an introduction to literary and cultural theory. We will read closely a number of important (and difficult) theoretical texts while thinking about what relations exist between the different intellectual projects that we call theory (structuralism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, and gender studies are only a few). We will also ask and ask again the more general question: what is theory anyway?

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