ENGL 714 (01) - Critical Approaches to Literature

Crit Approaches to Lit

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56542
A follow-up to ENGL 419, this course provides training in critical analysis of various texts (literature, film, and media) using different theoretical approaches like feminism, post-colonial theory, deconstruction, research, writing, and analytic skills at an advanced level. Meets the Theory Requirement for the English Literature Major, may be taken for elective credit by English Teaching Majors. Prereq: ENGL 419 or equivalent. FR excluded.
Section Comments: Previously listed as ENGL 619.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 MW 11:10am - 12:30pm HS 232
Additional Course Details: 

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.