Crit Approaches to Lit
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|1/21/2020||5/4/2020||MW||11:10am - 12:30pm||HS 232|
Learn about truth this semester in ENGL 714/814!!!
ENGL 714/814: What is truth? Does it matter? If all views are relative, are fake news just one among many views? What does gender have to do with all that? And race and sexual orientation? What about the environment? Why do we often leave class – as in working class -- out of our consideration of identity? And why is identity an analytic category at all?
And, further, why do we discuss the above question in a class on literature?
These and related questions will be analyzed in detail in the context of XIX century Imperialism. Our entry text, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, will serve as a test case introducing very specific time and place, as West encounters Africa. We will see how imperialism and patriarchy relate to one another (to inform a discourse about race and gender) and will learn to use terms such as the unconscious, ideology, cultural construction, deconstruction, cultural relativism, and so on, which we will bring to bear on differences that define personal and collective identities in our world today.
We will also devote a lot of our time to learning how to analyze arguments effectively, how to ask practical and theoretical questions, how to organize your argument and support your claims, how to use concepts – all this in order to be able to think critically.
In Spring 2020 this course meets the Theory Requirement (for the English Literature Major) and is an elective that counts toward the English Teaching Major.