Critical Practices

L371 — Fall 2019

Joshua Kates
Days and Times
4:00 - 5:15p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Majors only

The aim of this course is to fa­miliarize students with some of the leading problems and debates comprising the field of literary theory. We will at­tend, in particular, to two is­sues. The first will be literary or artistic value: are some works to be judged better than oth­ers, and, if so, how? Second, how does one understand or interpret literature; what does a reader do with literature and what is he or she actually interpreting—the author, the words on the page, a different system of conventions? A further aim of this course is to teach students how to read “theoretical” texts for themselves. Students are thus expected to do the readings when they are assigned, and, occasionally, there may be quizzes or assignments gauging whether they have in fact done so, in addition to a midterm and final exam and a final paper.

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