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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35340 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CAL 22

Course Description

In this course we will examine twentieth-century literary criticism.  Beginning with New Criticism, we will trace its development through Formalism and the Prague School, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Structuralism and Semiotics, Marxism, Psychoanalytic theory, Reception theory, Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, New Historicism, Post-Colonial theory, French and American Feminist theory and Gender theory.  Authors studied will include Richards, Bakhtin, Husserl, Saussure, Barthes, Lévi-Strauss, Riffaterre, Adorno, Benjamin, Jameson, Jauss, Iser, Foucault, Derrida, DeMan, Freud, Lacan, White, Greenblatt, Said, Beauvoir, Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva, Showalter, Schor, Butler and Sedgwick.  Guest lecturers from the department will present their areas of expertise.

Grading Policy

Requirements: Class Participation: 20% 3 five page papers applying one of the theoretical approaches to a literary text:  40% Exam: 40%  


Reading List: Required Ramon Seldon, ed. A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory Course Packet of articles Recommended Joseph Childers and Gary Hentzi, eds. The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and CulturalCriticism Dennis Hollier, ed. New History of French Literature


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