MATX 601 (Section 901, Schedule #17827)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Fall 2019
T 4:00 - 6:40pm :: Hibbs 330
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 333 Hibbs Hall
Fall 2019 Office Hours: TR 2-3:30

Texts and Textuality

This course, a core requirement for the Media, Art, and Text (MATX) PhD program, explores current theories of texts and textuality, with some emphasis on the ways they relate to the study of other media and the arts. 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. The course is taught by discussion. Evaluation is via course participation and one seminar paper.


Text for purchase; I strongly recommend that you use a paper and not electronic copy of the course text.

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. Introduction

Week Two. Overview; New Criticism

Week Three. Structuralism

Week Four. Psychoanalysis

Week Five. No class

Week Six. Poststructuralism

Week Seven. Critical Theory

Week Eight. Gender Studies and Queer Theory

Week Nine. No class

Week Ten. Gender Studies and Queer Theory

Week Eleven. Ethnic, Indigenous, Post-Colonial Studies

Week Twelve. Ethnic, Indigenous, Post-Colonial Studies

Week Thirteen. Affect

Week Fourteen. Paper conferences

Week Fifteen. No class

Week Sixteen. Paper conferences

Final paper is due by the end of the final exam period, 6:50pm, Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019, 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 September 27, 2019.