COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Section: 001 Culture of Criticism, Criticism of Culture
Term: WN 2007
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Theme, FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course will examine the function of criticism in society and how criticism is disseminated through cultural production. We will focus on the poets and critics of democratic Athens (criticism of poetry in the thought of Plato and Aristotle and its relationship to their political philosophies, Aristophanes as a political poet) and compare them with the works of more recent cultural critics such as Robert Warshow, Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, as well as contemporary cultural products such as films and novels. To what extent can cultural criticism define and analyze areas beyond the arts, and how do cultural products such as poetry, literature and film critique contemporary culture?

Students will be evaluated on attendance, class participation, the presentation of group work, and brief writing assignments.

COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
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001 (SEM)
MWF 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Culture of Criticism, Criticism of Culture
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