ENGL 606 (Section 001, Schedule #34029)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2018
Th 7:00-9:40pm :: Hibbs 308
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 324D Hibbs Hall
Spring 2018 Office Hours: MW 3:00-4:00pm; Th 6:00-7:00pm

Literary Criticism

This course explores current approaches to literary studies. The course surveys several disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to texts, drawing on writings by major figures from literary theory, cultural studies, visual studies, and media studies. Some of the approaches we'll cover include deconstruction and post-structuralism, materialism and Marxism, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, and studies that focus on race and ethnicity. Our focus will be on very recent works, which we'll use to help drive us into reading the foundational works that inform them. We'll largely read from theorists and critics themselves, but also some clarifying and summarizing material by others. Critics and theorists we'll read from include Chen, Cooper, Crary, Culp, Fisher, Fleming, Mills, Morrison, Robbins, Sharpe, and Spivak. The course is taught by discussion. Evaluation is via course participation and one long seminar paper or two shorter papers.


Texts for purchase (no specific editions are required)

All other texts will be available electronically on the web, in Blackboard, or via the library.

Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on written exercises and course participation as follows:

Course-Specific Policies

Official VCU Policy Statements

Please consult the Provost's official page on topics such as classroom conduct, email, the Honor System, and other important policy issues.

Week-by-Week Syllabus

Week One. Intro

Week Two. Spivak

Week Three. Spivak

Week Four. Fleming, Cultural Graphology

Week Five. Culp, Dark Deleuze & Crary, 24/7

Week Six. Mills, Black Rights/White Wrongs

Week Seven. Sharpe, In the Wake:

Week Eight. Spring Break

Week Nine. Chen, Animacies

Week Ten. Cooper, Life as Surplus

Week Eleven. Morrison, The Origin of Others

Week Twelve. No class

Week Thirteen. Fisher, Capitalist Realism

Week Fourteen. Robbins, The Beneficiary

Week Fifteen. Presentations

Week Sixteen. Presentations

Final paper is due by the end of the final exam period, 9:40pm, Thursday, May 10, 2018, per the registrar's exam schedule. The paper should be submitted on Blackboard. No late papers can be accepted for the final paper assignment. There is no other final exam for the course.

Last updated March 17, 2018.