COMPLIT 600 - Topics in Theory
Section: 001 Key Issues in Theory
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
15
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The principal aim of this course is to introduce students from Comp Lit and other home disciplines to a range of theoretical perspectives currently informing scholarly work in the humanities and elsewhere. With this as its goal, the course features the faculty members of the U-M Comparative Literature department, who will present a series of theoretical texts and ideas. Presenters, who will lead discussion for around the first hour of some class meetings, will give a basic introduction to a text or texts of their choosing and guide the students in close reading of it/them with the particular aim of elucidating concepts, ideas, claims, etc., as well as with attention to theory as a genre (its debates, methods of argumentation, style, etc.). After this, I will lead discussion of the theory in question, the cluster of texts that polemicize with it, as well as the material chosen by the student presenter. This course is an opportunity for students to be exposed to the Comparative Literature faculty and to learn from them how to close-read difficult theoretical texts as well as to engage with each other over the question of “how to use theory.” This course is not intended as a comprehensive or a chronological survey of literary/critical theory in its entirety.

COMPLIT 600 - Topics in Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11131
Open
8
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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