ENGL 373(F) Modern Critical Theory (Same as Comparative Literature 343)

What assumptions govern our modes of interpreting texts? What dynamics inform our most seemingly judicious critical acts? We will examine rhetorical theory from the New Critics to Semiotics and Deconstruction, as well as feminist and queer theoretical responses to poststructuralism, in our attempt to answer these questions. We will also consider writings by such political interpreters as Benjamin and Foucault as well as analysts of popular culture. We will draw continuously on literary and cinematic texts. Requirements: two 8- to 10-page papers. Prerequisite: a 100-level English course, except 150. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 25). (Criticism)