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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Theories and Methods of Interpretation (TAMI)

english department

ENGL4352 Women In/And Avant-Garde (Spring:3.0)

The literary and visual avant-gardes are often perceived as a predominantly white male domain, its female practioners reduced to companion or Muse, or socially marginalized by race, sexual orientation or madness. In this course we will examine the construction of the concept "woman" by male avant-garde artists and writers in (Dada, Surrealism, Futurism), but our main focus will be on a selection of avant-garde works by women in poetry, prose narrative, critical manifesto, and the visual arts.

Robin Lydenberg

ENGL4435 Global Anglophone Literatures: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Spring:3.0)

This course opens a wealth of contemporary literature from the non-Western world mainly Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia that have expanded readers’ imaginations and enriched the English language in a variety of genres. We shall read fiction and non-fiction alongside cultural theory to deepen our understanding of the political, economic, and environmental issues that arise in these lands and the ways in which they impact the daily lives of people as delineated by some of the world’s most acclaimed authors. Readings may include works by Adhaf Souief (Egypt), Hisham Matar (Libya), Leila Aboulela (Sudan), Xiaolu Guo (China), Amitav Ghosh (India), Romesh Gunesekera (Sri Lanka), Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan), Samrat Upadhyay (Nepal), and others.

Kalpana Seshadri

ENGL4551 Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory (Spring:3.0)

This course will introduce students to some major texts of contemporary theory. We will spend several weeks on psychoanalytic theory (Freud, Lacan, Kristeva). We will also read five or so essays from The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism to sample deconstruction, post-colonial theory, feminism, and other post-structuralist approaches. Theorists such as Benjamin, Foucault, and Agamben will be examined for political theory. This course is meant to enable students to participate in current national and international debates that, especially due to their political vitality, manage to touch on all literary fields.

Frances Restuccia


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