Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This seminar will introduce graduate students to the major theories and debates that inform contemporary scholarship in the arts and humanities. Our case study will be a work of American literature: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925). However, over the course of the semester we will explore Fitzgerald's novel through psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, African-American, queer, poststructuralist, and postcolonial perspectives. Students will also read selections from the work of, for example, Marx, Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, Jameson, and Spivak, whose writings have influenced scholars in humanities fields such as history, literary studies, film studies, and art history. A parallel focus of the course will be developing the critical writing skills necessary for successful graduate-level work in the arts and humanities.
1. Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today. London: Routledge, 2006. ISBN 978-0415974103
2. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. ISBN 978-0743273565
3. Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say / I Say. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2011. ISBN 978-0393912753
4. Leitch, Vincent B., et al. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2010. ISBN 978-0393932928
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