Announcements

The Graphic Guides to Literary Theory (A lot to choose from): HERE

Weekly Livestream Links:

Tuesday, October 6: (3:30-4:50): (I have set up our meetings on ZOOM. Please log in to UNT Canvas and click on today’s zoom meeting under your course. It it does not work, we will meet back here.FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Thursday, October 8:  (3:30-4:50): FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Texts and Discussion for the Current Week

Eagleton: Political Criticism

Political Criticism: VIDEO

Livestream Archive

Thursday, October 1:  (3:30-4:50): FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Thursday, September 24:  (3:30-4:50): FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Tuesday, September 22: (3:30-4:50): FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Thursday, September 17:  (Chapter 2, Part2): FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Tuesday, September 15: (Chapter 2, Part 1): FOLLOW THIS LINK!

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Tuesday, August 25: FOLLOW THIS LINK!

Resources and Readings for Next Week:

Butler (2536);  Cixous (1938)

COVID 19 Remote Learning General Instructions:

Despite the online organization of this course, I hope to make this into a great learning experience for you. Other than the detailed syllabus below, we will follow the process explained below:

  • The classes will meet on the appointed time online. Every week, I will create a link to the online session and post in the Detailed Syllabus section as well as on the Canvas Two women, one holding a book.page for the course. At the appointed time, you will only need to click on the link and join the class session.
  • Before the class you will have access to my pre-recorded lectures. I will post the links to these also in the detailed section of the syllabus as well as on canvas.
  • I will also be available to meet you through Canvas. Just request a meeting through email.
  • At any time if you have any concerns about the course, please let me know.
Literary Theory

ENGL 5810. 001

T, TR: 3:300 PM-4:50 PM

ONLINE

Office: LANG 408D

Office Hours: T, TR 10: 11:00 (And by appointment)

Contact: mraja@unt.edu


Introduction:
This course aims to introduce you to the major critical approaches available for analysis and appreciation of literary works. The terms theory and literature themselves are not free of controversy and have been defined in numerous, often conflicting, ways. This course will apprise you of the major debates in the field of literary theory and their impact on the critical reading of literature in particular and the real-life culture in general.

We will also discuss the politics and poetics that constitute what we perceive as literary and the role of the academy and popular culture in defining and refuting any hard boundaries. In today’s world, literary theory is increasingly in constant embrace with the culture, and this course will take into account the overlaps and the disjunctures between the critical and the cultural theory.

Discussed also will be the role of literature in defining or articulating the world around us, and, in certain cases, the role of literature in normalizing the hegemonic drive of the powerful. Such an approach to literary theory will make us question our own privileged place in the university setting and in  the world and help us articulate personal goals of becoming politically aware and culturally diverse world citizens. Throughout this course, we will attempt to relate our in-class activities to the world of the lived experience beyond the university campus.

This is a demanding and writing-extensive course, so please come prepared for a challenging and mentally stimulating experience.

Required Texts:
The Norton Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism

Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction, Any edition.

Handouts:

Videos:

All my prerecorded lectures on Eagleton are available HERE!

Course Policies and Requirements: 

You are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to your peers, and contributing your views in a collegiate and stimulating way. Attendance is mandatory. 

Distribution of Points:

Discussion Leader   200 Points

Respondent            100 Points

Class Participation   100 Points

Mid Term exam       300 Points

Term Paper             300 Points

Total 1000 Points

YOU MUST FINISH ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE

Discussion Leader: (200 Points)
Each one of you will be asked to lead discussions on assigned readings on rotation basis. The rotation will be decided in an alphabetic order.Your role as discussion leader will involve the following:
  • An oral presentation covering the assigned text in detail. (100 Points).
  • A written response (minimum two double-spaced pages) submitted on the same day. (100 Points).
I will calculate your final grade in this assignment by taking the average score on your performance throughout the course.
Discussion Respondent: (100 Points)
For all discussion leadership assignments, I will also assign one of you (in reverse alphabetical order) the role of responding to the discussion leader. It will be up to you to contact your corresponding discussion leader, get a copy of their plan/notes and then develop a response to that for presentation during class. The respondent role will be graded in a fashion similar to that of the discussion leader role.
Each leader and Respondent will join me during the online sessions (I will send you the links) and help guide the sessions.
Mid-Term Exam: (300 Points)
Masters: The Mid-term will be a take home essay exam administered in the 8th week.
Class Participation: (100 Points)

As this is a seminar based on a discussion format, your thoughtful participation is essential to the success of the class. I encourage collegiate, open, and thought-provoking class participation during the live online sessions. Remember, we are all here to learn, so let us share our ideas and knowledge to make this class into a dynamic learning experience.

Term Paper:  (Guide) (300 Points)
The final term paper will be due on the last day of class. The paper should be 12-15 pages, with a clearly defined thesis and a coherent argument using one or two of the theoretical approaches discussed in class. I would encourage you to choose your topic early and do extensive research. I will be available to assist during all stages of your research and composition process.

Attendance:
You are expected to attend the class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you miss more than TWO class sessions.

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Check the policy HERE.

ADA 
Please contact me and bring me the necessary documentation if you would like me to make extra arrangements of for any disabilities.

Grading Scale:
A 920-1000

B 830-919
C 739-829
D 600-738
F Less than 600 Points
Weekly Schedule:
(Note: This is a tentative schedule and the instructor retains the right to change it as and when necessary)
Week 1
Introduction to the course
Eagleton: Intro and Chapter 1
Reading:
Eagleton: Chapter 2
Arnold “Functions of ” (695), Ransom (961), Brooks (1213), Wimsatt (1217),  Frye (1301);
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 2

Discussion:

Eagleton: Chapter 2
Brooks (1213), Wimsatt (1217), Ransom (961), Frye (1301); Arnold
Reading:
Eagleton Chapter 3
Saussure (Whole selection 845); Jakobson (Whole Selection 1141)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 3
Discussion:
Eagleton Chapter 3
Saussure (Whole selection 845); Jakobson (Whole Selection 1141)
Reading:
Eagleton, Chapter 4
Althusser (1332); Barthes (1316);Foucault (1469)  Derrida (1680)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 4
Discussion:
Eagleton, Chapter 4
Althusser (1332); Barthes (1316);Foucault (1469)  Derrida (1680)
Reading:
Eagleton, Chapter 5
Freud (807); Lacan (1156); Butler (2536); Kristeva (2067); Cixous (1938); Zizek (2402)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 5
Discussion:
Eagleton, Chapter 5
Freud (807); Lacan (1156); Butler (2536); Kristeva (2067); Cixous (1938); Zizek (2402)
Reading:
Eagleton, Conclusion and Afterword
Marx (647); Derrida “Specters of Marx (1734); Horkheimer and Adorno (1107)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 6
Discussion:
Eagleton, Conclusion and Afterword
Marx (647); Derrida “Specters of Marx (1734); Horkheimer and Adorno (1107)
Reading:
Said (1861); Spivak (2110); Bhabha (2351); Gates Jr (2427); Hooks (2507)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 7
Revision of all redings covered so far
Week 8
Mid Term
Reading:
Achebe (1610); Anderson (1913); Fanon (1437); Hardt and Negri (2615)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 9
Discussion:
Achebe (1610); Anderson (1913); Fanon (1437); Hardt and Negri (2615)
Reading:
Habermas (entire selection)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 10
Discussion
Habermas and General Discussion
Reading:
Mark Bracher (Handout)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 11
Discussion:
Bracher
Reading:
Anzaldua (2096);  Rich (1588); Rubin (2373); Sedgwick (2464)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 12
Discussion:
Anzaldua (2096);  Rich (1588); Rubin (2373); Sedgwick (2464)
Reading:
Smith (2221);  Zimmerman (2328); Halberstam (2635); Huffer (Handout)
Discussion Leaders:
Respondents:
Week 13
Discussion:
Smith (2221);  Zimmerman (2328); Halberstam (2635); Huffer (Handout)
Assignment:
Final Paper Workshops
Week 14 & 15

Revision and Paper workshops.