RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITERATURES IN ENGLISH PROGRAMME

COURSE SEQUENCE IN THEORY

Knowledge of critical theory leads one to write better criticism.  It leads, thus, to better performances in other courses.  With this in mind, Literatures in English offers a sequence of inter-related courses designed to introduce students to the field of critical theory as well as key philosophical figures and schools of thought, especially of Continental philosophy, which have had an enormous impact on theories of literature and criticism over the years.   

The courses comprising this sequence are:

LITS2306 History of Criticism: this course introduces students to the foundations of aesthetics / critical theory through a survey of the historical development of the field from the Classical period to the early twentieth century.  The course culminates in a comparison of Anglo-American Modernism with early Feminist, Post-colonial and African American perspectives.  LITS2306 is the pre-requisite for LITS2307 Modern Critical Theory.  This course is foundational to and, thus, should be done before doing the other Theory courses. 

LITS2307 Modern Literary Theory: this course introduces students to several modern Continental schools of philosophy and critical theory (chosen from Psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Phenomenology) as well as Feminist, Post-colonial and African American thinkers who have engaged with these schools.  LITS2307 is the pre-requisite for LITS3304 Post-Structuralisms and Post-colonialisms (below). 

LITS3303 Modern Critical Theory: this course introduces students to several modern Continental schools of philosophy and critical theory (chosen from Psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Phenomenology) as well as Feminist, Post-colonial and African American thinkers who have engaged with these schools.  LITS3303 is the pre-requisite for LITS3304 Post-Structuralisms and Post-colonialisms (below). 

LITS3304 Post-Structuralisms and Post-colonialisms: this course introduces students to several contemporary Continental schools of philosophy and critical theory that may be grouped under the rubric '(Post-)Structuralism' (chosen from Deconstruction, Dialogism, Foucauldian and Deleuzean Thought, Structuralism, Structuralist Psychoanalysis, and Structuralist Marxism) as well as Feminist, Post-colonial and African American thinkers who have engaged with these schools.

 

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