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Fall 2019
Jan 27, 2022
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Intro to Critical Theory - 25110 - ENGL 712 - 01
The Linguistic Turn and its Discontents Beginning with the sign structures of Ferdinand de Saussure and the performative utterances of J.L. Austin, this course will begin by investigating the “linguistic turn” and its consequences for twentieth century theories of literature, culture, society, and identity – especially racial and gender identity. The latter half of the course will turn to the burgeoning variety of 21st century theoretical approaches that have either rejected the linguistic turn or attempted to look beyond language to a world populated by things, quasi-objects, animals, raced and gendered bodies, living matter, fossils, and ecosystems. How does the study of language survive the turn against the linguistic turn? How is it transformed? This course is an introduction to critical theory; it requires no background knowledge; we will read foundational texts slowly, define foundational concepts carefully, and explore their capacity to generate fresh understandings of literary and non-literary texts
Associated Term: Fall 2019
Registration Dates: Apr 01, 2019 to Sep 06, 2019
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Attributes: Core: Diversity/Domestic

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3.000 Credits
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Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Seminar 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm M New North 311 Aug 28, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Seminar Daniel Shore E-mail

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