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Introduction to Literary Theory


Introduction to Literary Theory

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This course will introduce the field of literary theory by identifying and engaging the key problems and questions that animate theoretical discussion among literary scholars and critics, including issues pertaining to ideology, cultural value, the patriarchal and colonial bases of Western culture, and more. The student will be acquainted with the basic principles and preeminent texts that have defined many of the major critical debates of the 20th and 21st centuries. This free course may be... More
Material Type: Online Course
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: January 27, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 23, 2014
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Submitter: Sean Connor
Keywords: Semiotics, Culture, Literature, Queer Theory, Discourse, Reader-Response, English, Context, Form, Structure, Gender, Literary Theory, Deconstruction, Ideology, Feminism, Structuralism, Signs


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Primary Audience: College Upper Division
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Language: English
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Avatar for Marie-Anne Visoi
1 year ago

Marie-Anne Visoi (Faculty)

Excellent course content and resources: very well organized, presented clearly and combining efficient use of theoretical concepts with workshops, lectures and a Question and Answer feature. I plan to use the on-line course for my  undergraduate courses.

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Students should be able to find specific information and return to previous concepts for review easily.

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