History of Literary Theory and Criticism


ENGL 340

Within an overview of the history of literary criticism from ancient Greece to the 21st century, students study major movements and theorists that have shaped various schools of criticism and the methods by which people read, understand and respond to literature and other texts. Representative movements and critical perspectives may include Poetics, Formalism, Marxism, Queer Studies, Psychoanalysis, Race and Ethnic Studies, New Historicism, Feminism, Reader-response, Postcolonialism, Structuralism, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and Post-structuralism. To demonstrate their understanding of various critical theories, students apply theoretical models to the analysis of various texts. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 124, ENGL 145.


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