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Courses in Critical Theory (CRI)

Upper Division

101. Introduction to Critical Theoretical Approaches to Literature and Culture (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Introduction to critical theory and its use for interpreting literary texts, film, and media forms in our present global culture. (Same course as Comparative Literature 141.) GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

Graduate

200A. Approaches to Critical Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing in a participating program. Restricted to Graduate students. Critical overview of modern theoretical texts; e.g., semiotics, hermeneutics, deconstruction, social and cultural critique, feminist theory, psychoanalysis.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

200B. Problems in Critical Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate student standing. Restricted to Graduate students. Focused study of a particular critical theoretical approach, school or perspective. Topics may include but are not limited to: critical approaches to the study of literature, culture, film, historiography, visual culture, the body, and aesthetics. May be repeated for credit when topic differs and with consent of instructor.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

200C. History of Critical Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate student standing. Restricted to Graduate students. Critical analysis and discussion of pre-twentieth century theories of literary and cultural criticism. Topics may include but are not limited to: ancient and early modern philosophy; nature and culture in the Renaissance; theories of Mimesis from antiquity to the Renaissance. May be repeated for credit when topic differs and with consent of instructor.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

201. Critical Theory Special Topics (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate student standing. Application of theoretical principles to one specific research topic. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor when topic differs.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

202. Visual Culture (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Restricted to Graduate student standing. Analysis of image production in the contemporary world (photography, film, television, advertising, etc.) and their effects on individual subjectivities and collective social identities. Offered irregularly.—W. (W.)

298. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to Graduate student standing.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

299. Individual Study (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate student standing. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

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