||This course is designed for you to achieve three
1) an ability to read both primary and secondary theoretical
texts to get a general understanding of important contemporary literary
Besides what are listed in the title, the other theoretical schools we
may cover are:
2) an engagement in theoretical issues (such as text and textuality,
canon formation, interpretation, ideology, discourse, etc.) as they
arise from our reading of the primary texts, and
3) an ability in analyzing literary texts from different theoretical
perspectives with an awareness of the limitations of each.
cultural studies, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. You are welcome
to suggest what you want, and I will consider the theoretical schools to
add or drop if more than 2 students require so.
On each school we will spend 3 to 4 weeks, moving from a general introduction,
to close reading of some theoretical texts, to in-class application
to some chosen texts, and, finally, to your own application and critique
of the theories.
In this course, you will be responsible for:
1) active participation in class and on the internet,
2) a 20-minute report on a theoretical text with an outline ready for online
3) a 40-minute report on how the critics (about 3) use a certain theoretical
approach and then a critique,
4) a term paper of both theoretical discussion and literary application.
Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory.
Peter Barry. NY: Manchester UP, 1995.
Reader's Guide to Contemporary Theory. Raman Seldon.
Critical Theory & Practice: A Coursebook. (Keith Green
& Jill Lebihan. Routledge, 96)
Frank, et al eds. ¡D±i¨Ê´Dµ¥Ä¶¡D
Practicing Theory and Reading Literature. Raman Seldon.
Kentucky, 89. (cited as Seldon 2)
Literary Theory : A Practical Introduction. Michael
Ryan. MA: Blackwell, 1999. (cited as Ryan 2)
Literary Theories in Praxis. Ed. Shirley F Staton.
Philsdelphia: U of Pennsylvania Press, 1987.
Theory into Practice: A Reader in Modern Literary Criticism.
K. M. Newton. London: Macmillan P, 1992.
A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory. Ed.
Peter Brooker & Peter Widdowson. NY: Prentice Hall,