600-level classes for the Summer 2012 Semester (2 sections)
632 - : ShakespeareInstructor: Biberman, Steven
Meeting Times: MTWRF 9:40am-11:10am TERM II
Class Description: Shakespeare's Love Lessons.
Requirements: take home essay midterm, final paper submitted with a presentation of its content.
691 - : Contemporary Theories of InterpretationInstructor: Willey, Beth
Meeting Times: MTWRF 9am-12 noon TERM I
This class is a survey of and introduction to severeal modes of literary/textual/cultural interpretation from turn of the century formalism to recent developments in critical theory. The course should familiarize you with the terminologies and methods associated with these modes of reading and examine their ramifications. Through the texts listed below, we will compare methods of reading in terms of what they enable readers to ask of texts and how they limit the possibilities for interpretation.
NB: This is an intensive course in which we will try to accomplish the work of 15 weeks in the space of three. Each class meeting is the equivalent of a week’s worth of material in a standard semester. Expect to do nothing else in the next three weeks. Falling behind in your reading will be catastrophic to your grade. Failure to attend class EVERY DAY will similarly become an insurmountable mistake.
Ryan, Michael. Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction. 2nd Edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye.
Shakespeare, William. King Lear.
Coursepack of poems by Elizabeth Bishop
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