English 190

Research Seminar: Literary Theory and Its Objects


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Spring 2018 Creasy, CFS
TTh 12:30-2 211 Dwinelle

Book List

Beckett, Samuel: Endgame; Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights; Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye; Shakespeare, William: Hamlet; Sophocles: Sophocles I: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus

Other Readings and Media

A course reader containing works and excerpts by:

literary figures such as William Shakespeare, John Donne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Charles Baudelaire, Henry James, and Franz Kafka;

and theorists and critics such as Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, William Empson, Paul de Man, Geoffrey Hartman, Marjorie Levinson, Walter Benjamin, Roman Jakobson and Claude Lévi-Strauss, Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick, Michael Awkward, Hortense Spillers, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Kwame Appiah, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Judith Butler, Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Howard Caygill, Stephen Greenblatt, T.S. Eliot, and Dirk Van Hulle.

Description

This course explores some major figures in literary history and serves as an introduction to the challenges of literary theory and criticism. We will attend to the theoretical and practical difficulties of approaches to literary works: what does it mean to ‘apply’ a theory in an act of reading? We will be concerned with how theorists and critics respond (or fail to respond) to the concrete demands of individual texts when confronting them with various political, philosophical, and other hypotheses (or indeed presuppositions). Each class will be organized around the reading of a major work of poetry, prose, or drama alongside one or more of the influential interpretations it has occasioned. The course aims to introduce an array of theories of literary and critical methodologies. It also will provide us the opportunity to read some major writers in a broad, comparative context.

Please read the paragraph about English 190 on page 2 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for more details about enrolling in or wait-listing for this course.

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Research Seminar: American Transcendentalism

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Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial

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Research Seminar: Literature on Trial: Romanticism, Law, Justice

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Research Seminar: Ideology

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Research Seminar: Inventing Nature and Constructing Race

spring, 2019

190/1

Research Seminar: Flann O'Brien and Irish Literature

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Research Seminar: James / Baldwin

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Research Seminar: California Books and Movies Since World War I

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Research Seminar: Carnal Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

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Research Seminar: Edgar Allan Poe

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Research Seminar: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

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Research Seminar: Emily Dickinson

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Research Seminar: Willa Cather

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Research Seminar: Sixties Cinema

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190/1

Research Seminar: Melville in the 50s

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Research Seminar: Laughter and Vision: Explorations in the Novel of Ideas

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Research Seminar: Representations of Coercion and Resistance in African American Slave, Jim Crow, and Neo-slave Narratives

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Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial

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Research Seminar: Repression and Resistance

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Research Seminar: Mark Twain

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190/11

Research Seminar

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190/12

Research Seminar: California Books and Movies Since World War I

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Research Seminar: The Jamesian Novel

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Research Seminar

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190/1

Research Seminar: Trials of Literature: Romanticism, Justice, and the Law

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Research Seminar: James Joyce

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Research Seminar: Hawthorne & Melville

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Research Seminar: Reading Walden Carefully

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Research Seminar: Harlem Renaissance

190/6

Research Seminar: Sixty Years Since: The Historical Novel

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Research Seminar: Contemporary Historical Fiction

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Research Seminar: The Faerie Queene: The Ethics of Imagination

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Research Seminar: Andrew Marvell

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Research Seminar: California Books and Movies Since World War I

190/13

Research Seminar: Alfred Hitchcock

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190/1

Research Seminar: Britain in the ‘60s

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Research Seminar: The Historical Novel

190/3

Research Seminar: Another Day in Purgatory: Irish Literature and the Afterlife

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Research Seminar: Literature and Revolution

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Research Seminar: Monsters, Exiles, and Outlaws in Medieval Literature

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Research Seminar: Suspicious Mind

190/11

Research Seminar: Nonsense

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Research Seminar: Making Memories

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Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial

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Research Seminar: Harlem Renaissance

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Research Seminar: Literature and the Linguistic Turn

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Research Seminar: Jane Austen and the Theory of the Novel

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Research Seminar: Writing a World in Crisis: Medieval and Modern

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Research Seminar: Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

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Research Seminar: Place-Love: Fiction and the Melancholy of Form

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Research Seminar: Literatures of the Ocean

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Research Seminar: California Literature & Film Since WWI


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