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CHNS0360

Intro To Lit Theory

Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
An overview of various literary theories and critical approaches to the reception and analysis of literary texts, this discussion-based seminar will introduce concerns central to Western literary theories while familiarizing students with contemporary critical terminology. From Aristotle's Poetics to postmodernism, from issues of "literariness," authorial intention, hermeneutics, and narrative angle to the premises and practices of Russian formalist, "new critical," structuralist, Freudian, Marxist, feminist approaches, etc., we will study short theoretical and critical essays in conjunction with literary works by Coleridge, Lu Xun, Dickens, Natsume Soseki, Henry James, Hwang Chunming, Borges, Kafka, and others. Narrative prose fiction is the main focus. Discussion-based, senior-junior seminar. (Minimum of three college-level literature courses required; priority enrollment given to seniors and juniors majoring in Chinese and Literary Studies, or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
Chinese
Department:
Chinese
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
LITS0360

Sections

Fall 2010

CHNS0360A-F10 Lecture (Berninghausen)

Fall 2009

CHNS0360A-F09 Lecture (Berninghausen)

Fall 2006

CHNS0360A-F06 Lecture (Berninghausen)

Fall 2004

CHNS0360A-F04 Lecture (Berninghausen)