This course will explore literary and critical theory following the explosion of continental ideas onto the North American scene in the mid-1960s. The celebrated “discursive turn” in Theory fed a wide range of new critical methodologies and concerns such as feminism, postcolonialism, medications critical race theory, ideology critique, third-wave feminism, queer theory, and eco-criticism. This shift represents a quantum leap in English studies, as critics began to think in very sophisticated terms about the consequences and processes of reading, writing, making meaning, producing texts, teaching, and even simply speaking. We will consider some of the most influential and interesting strands of Theory to appear in the last 50 years. The reading for this course is dense and at times difficult; it repays effort and close attention. Remember: read once to survive, at least twice to thrive.
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