Catalogue 2019 - 2020

MAET 569 Literary Theory: Sources and Application


3 cr.


A student in good standing in MAET program, or with instructor's permission.

Course Description

As teaching the reading of texts through a variety of “critical lenses” is a crucial part of both the Massachusetts grades 5-12 requirement and necessary for literary analysis in general, this course is essential. It provides the foundations of contemporary literary theories in their philosophical roots, from Aristotle to Hegel to Marx to Foucault, and examines contemporary critical lenses including Marxism, feminism, psychoanalytic criticism, deconstruction, and post-colonial critiques. Adding praxis to theory, students will apply a variety of these modes of analysis to multiple literary texts.