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Literary Theory: a Critical Introduction

Explore the meanings, uses, values, and histories of literature at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. This course will focus on psychoanalysis, Marxism, structuralism and poststructuralism, queer and feminist theory, and postcolonial theory through the lens of a literary text of your choice. Discover the theorists who shaped our understanding in this thought-provoking course.

  • Beginner
  • 21 and older
  • $335
  • Online Classroom
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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What you'll learn in this literature class:

What is literature? And what kinds of meanings, uses, values, histories, and philosophical positions do we attach to literature in the act of reading it? Literary theory, the diverse body of thought that addresses these fundamental questions, has pursued a stunning array of methods in its attempts to understand how literature works. This course, a selective introduction to literary theory, concentrates on just a few: psychoanalysis, Marxism, structuralism and poststructuralism, queer and feminist theory, and postcolonial theory.

In this course, students will select one primary literary text, chosen from a list of options including works by William Blake, Aimé Césaire, Emily Dickinson, Nella Larsen, Mary Shelley, and Shakespeare, among others. Each of the course’s four sessions will ask participants to return to the primary text and read it through the lens of the theory we will be studying that week. As the course progresses, we will ask not only what literature is—and how it gets constructed differently as a category at different historical points—but also what literary theory is. How and why should we interpret literature? Is there an ethics of reading? Is genre a meaningful category? And what, ultimately, is literature for? Theorists likely to interest to us include Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Maurice Blanchot, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Fredric Jameson, Barbara Johnson, Karl Marx, Eve Sedgwick, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, and Raymond Williams.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Upon request, we will refund less 5% cancellation fee of a course up until 6 business days before its start date.
  • Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to 75% refund or full course credit.
  • After the first class: 50% refund or 75% course credit.
  • No refunds or credits will be given after the second class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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