Major I: D-Literary Theory/Criticism

Literary Theory/Criticism courses teach academic and rigorous media comprehension, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.

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Frank, David

Analysis and use of patterns of reasoning derived from the disciplines of rhetoric, informal logic, cognitive science, and... (read more)

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Cortez, José

One of the analytical and political goals of the field of rhetoric is to describe the power relations of the social text—to explain the rhetorical and... (read more)

27349

What happens to literature when text moves from page to screen? This online, team-taught course invites students of all majors and... (read more)

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Upton, Corbett

ENG 300 offers an introduction to literary criticism. This course will acquaint you with many of the important issues and debates in literary studies and introduce you to various theoretical schools with examples of each type. We will engage two introductory texts to literary and cultural theory... (read more)

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Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

Comics and graphic narratives are uniquely suited to exploring cultural location because they transform the storytelling unit of the page into a space of representation. The comics page graphically negotiates dynamics of home and away, self and other, as well as race and culture. In this course... (read more)

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Pyle, Forest

This course will be a sustained examination of the question: “What is Romanticism? This is a question which has no single or ultimate answer given that there seem to be as many answers as there are “askers.” There is, however, a rich and complex body of literature and critical commentary to... (read more)

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Frank, David

Analysis and use of patterns of reasoning derived from the disciplines of rhetoric, informal logic, cognitive science, and the theory of argumentation.

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Crosswhite, James

Rhetorical criticism is the appreciation and analysis of how we are persuaded—and often includes judgment concerning the nature of the persuasion. The course will address the following questions, among others: What is criticism? What is rhetoric? What is rhetorical criticism? What are its... (read more)

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Fickle, Tara

Asian American Comics

The growing acceptance of comics and graphic novels as “serious” literature owes much to the genre’s embrace as a powerful vehicle for memory, especially by minority writers seeking to showcase “non-normative” accounts of American life: the experiences of being gay,... (read more)