Instructor: Alex Chang

This course will provide an introductory and selective survey of literary theory and criticism from the classical period to the present. We will begin in ancient Greece with Aristotle’s Poetics and move forward to the present, considering the historical development of concepts including aesthetics, hermeneutics, mimesis, authorship, gender, class, and the question criticism itself. The historical context will allow us to consider how these problems are mediated in contemporary methodologies including Marxist, feminist, psychoanalytic, postcolonial, poststructuralist theory. The goal of this course is to provide the historical background essential for those seriously interested in the most recent developments in the fields of literary criticism and cultural studies.