EN 259 Introduction to Literary Theory (Spring: 3)

Intended primarily for English majors, this course will provide an introduction to literary theory by reviewing its history. We will begin with the great works of Classical literary theory by Plato, Aristotle, and Longinus, jumping to British criticism and theory of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, considering the Romantic theories of Coleridge, Shelley, and others, and adding American perspectives as we continue to move through the nineteenth century. A selective look at twentieth century theory will include key examples of formalist, psychological, Marxist, feminist, and cognitive approaches as well as several varieties of literary-cultural critique.
Alan Richardson

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