Literary Theory & Contemporary Ideas
In this exciting class students will see the effects of literary theory as manifested in popular culture: from books, to films, to advertisements, to the Internet and YouTube, and possibly even in politics. The purpose of the class is to show the student how literary criticism affects their everyday lives, and also to introduce the student to some of the more recent theories and contemporary ideas currently gaining attention in literary research around the world.
There is no prescribed textbook for this class. Notes should be taken in class and some handouts will be provided.
Midterm Examination = 15%
Final Project = 15%
Attendance = 10%
Homework = 30%
Class Discussions & Peer Feedback = 30%
Total = 100%
Tentative Lecture Plan
Postmodernism: Origin & Characteristics
Recycling and Remixing Art & Culture: Why are there so many Snow Whites?
Semiotics & Iconicity
Memes: The icons of cultures and YouTube
Postmodern Uncertainty: What is true?
Deconstruction: Is Batman a hero?
Postmodern Uncertainty: What is real?
Questioning Reality: "Inception"
Liminality: Initiates, Outcasts & In-Between Spaces
Preparation for Final Project
FINAL EXAM: Submit Final Project