ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Winter 2022, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
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Prerequisite for the English major and English Honors Plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In The Aesthetic Dimension (1978), Herbert Marcuse argues that “the critical function of art, its contribution to the struggle for liberation, resides in the aesthetic form” (8). While it is perhaps all too common to hear discussion about a work of art, literary art in particular, conducted in terms of either content or form, Marcuse suggests that cultural productions appear as works of art as such through “content having become form” itself (8, emphasis added). In the texts we will read this semester, a range of poets and novelists attempt to fashion aesthetic forms from the matter of lives marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, disability and other non-dominant American identities. By thinking critically about how we read such texts and how we derive interpretations from those reading practices, we learn that literary analysis of form can be “as valuable to understanding sociopolitical institutions as it is to reading literature” (Levine 2). Throughout this semester, we will develop a critical vocabulary that invigorates our exploration of reading and enriches our interpretive methods; we will test out an eclectic, not-intended-to-be-comprehensive set of theoretical approaches; and refine our skills of written argumentation in contexts that matter in the field of literary studies.


ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
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002 (REC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (REC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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