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 completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (English Literature 301)
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