|COURSE NUMBER:||ENGL 405|
|COURSE TITLE:||Unpacking the Text: Contemporary Literary Theory|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr. Philip Mingay|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||This course expands the senior student's understanding of the
various theoretical approaches to literature and culture, their
differences, and their effects on our position as Christian scholars.
By reading the works of the major theorists and theoretical movements,
students learn the key issues and terminology that inform our
discipline, and their role in the student's criticism and research
Prerequisites: ENGL 314
|REQUIRED TEXTS:||Richter, David H., ed. The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends. Bedford: St. Martin’s, 3rd ed, 2007.|
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
ENGL 404: Literary Theory from Plato to Pope, you examined the various
early literary methodologies. You were also asked to think about how
these schools of thought laid the foundation for contemporary ideas
about literature. This course will build on your knowledge from
ENGL 404 as we continue to ask questions about the role of criticism in
literature studies, and how it affects our interpretations as Christian
The course will consist of lectures and discussion based on the assigned readings. All assigned readings must be completed before the scheduled class(es); readings are indicated on the Schedule page, but may be amended as required. Any changes will be announced at the beginning of the preceding class and indicated on the website.
In order to facilitate thoughtful discussion and engagement, students will compile a journal alongside the essays we read. These journal entries will be reflective, as well as analytical, and will include one question that the reading prompts for you, and how you might attempt to answer it. As part of this journalling, we will engage in a process of self-assessment at the beginning and end of the course, taking into consideration what you learned in ENGL 404. These reflections will be regularly submitted in written form for grading (dates will be outlined on the Schedule).
Major analytical assignments for the course include one presentation, a research essay, and a final examination. The presentation will be selected early in the term. It will involve orally presenting the ideas of a theorist, including a one-page written summary for everyone’s notes, and initiating the class discussion. The research essay (10-12 pages) will involve either a deeper reflection on one theory or a comparative study of two theoretical perspectives. You may use a literary text from an approved list.
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.
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