Spring Semester Junior Choice
Since writers have been producing texts, critics have been interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating them. What constitutes a text? What do texts do and how do they work? What makes a text “great” and who gets to say? This course will consider various schools of modern literary criticism—New Criticism, reader-response, poststructuralism, feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and post-colonialism—how each answers these questions, and how different readings result from the application of different critical lenses. We will practice applying the various lenses on texts we read together, and then students will have the opportunity to craft their own analyses of self-selected texts. In addition to short informal and formal written assignments, students in this course can expect to produce a lengthy critical analysis of a novel.