ENGL 2600:
Critical introduction to literature


This course, required for English majors, surveys contemporary critical, theoretical, and ideological approaches to literature (such as structuralist, poststructuralist, psychoanalytical, feminist/gender, Marxist, new historical, postcolonial, etc.). The course also introduces key literary terms and engages close reading techniques. It includes lectures, student presentations, analyses and written reports, and a final essay in MLA format and documentation.

In the course of this semester successful students should: 

    1. identify the terminology, contexts and uses of contemporary critical theory

    2. practice reading literary and non-literary texts according to various contemporary theoretical approaches

    3. organize and present theoretical approaches to an audience, including leading the audience through 
      a reading

    4. practice using a critical vocabulary persuasively in written and spoken discourse

    5. construct written analyses of selected texts using a specific theoretical approach


About This Course

Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work if does on itself and on its institutions.

Michel Foucault