Critical Practices

L371 — Spring 2022

Purnima Bose
Days and Times
9:45 - 11:00a TR (3 CR)
Course Description

This course will be organized around a set of critical approaches that have become salient in the last 40 years, including deconstruction/post-structuralism, feminism and gender studies, Marxism, and post-colonial studies among other approaches. Rather than provide an exhaustive survey of critical theory, however, we will concern ourselves with investigating the ways in which these critical approaches conceptualize the relationship between narrative, on the one hand, and history, on the other. Course texts will include theoretical essays, a novel, and documentary film. Students should expect to write 2 papers, take 3 exams, and enthusiastically participate in class discussion.