Literary and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (3) A comparative introduction to literary and cultural theory, and its impact on the study of literature.
CMLIT 190 Literary and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (3)
This General Education course offers students a broad and international introduction to the history of literary and cultural theory in the humanities, with a particular focus on how that theory has affected and continues to affect the study of literature, and on the critical problems -- of agency and subjectivity, of meaning and interpretation, or self and other -- that it addresses.
Students in this course will learn to navigate the fundamental theoretical and philosophical perspectives that have dominated the humanities and especially literary studies in international contexts over the course of the last two centuries. They will be introduced to major philosophical themes, such as the problems of ideology, the subject, or the aesthetic, and learn how thinkers in a number of different national locations and historical moments have thought about those themes.
Substantial attention will be paid to the *locations* of theory: to the ways in which theory emerges from historically, culturally, nationally and linguistically specific contexts that have shaped it. Substantial attention will also be paid to the ways in which theory has been used to study literature; in some versions of the course one or more literary or cultural proof-texts will be used to illustrate the forms of illumination various theoretical approaches provide.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.