ENG-4150 Literary Criticism and Theory

3 credits

Prerequisite: ENG-1052, two literature surveys and one upper-level literature course.

This investigation of 20th century approaches to literary criticism and theory focuses on major "schools" of criticism and on the critics and theorists associated with them. Students develop a definitive, historical perspective on this kind of discourse, including the goals criticism and theory have striven to reach and the effects such discourse has had on the study of literature. Students are encouraged to draw upon their own inclinations as readers and scholars, trying out some of these critical stances and evaluating their usefulness and their value to us as individuals and as members of various interpretive communities. (Spring semesters, odd years)