ENGL606/485 (Section 901, Schedule #34029/42352)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2021
M 7-9:40pm :: Hibbs 308 (in Blackboard & on Zoom until further notice)
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 333 Hibbs Hall
Spring 2021 Office Hours: by appointment

Literary Theory: Poststructuralism

A study of critical approaches to literary texts, with special attention to poststructuralist methods and figures. Some attention is given to the historical development of criticism, but the primary focus is on its theoretical claims, methodologies and aims. Readings will largely be chosen from work from the high water mark of literary theory in the US in the 1980s and 1990s, including figures like Derrida, Foucault, Gates, Sedgwick, Gilroy, Spivak and Cixous, but some attention will be paid to more recent work by writers such as Christina Sharpe, Fred Moten, Achille Mbembe, and Sianne Ngai. The class is taught entirely by discussion. Evaluation is based on participation and on a seminar paper.

Modality: synchronous Zoom-based discussion with text-based discussion.


PDFs of the selections are in blackboard, so you do not need to purchase them, but are welcome to do so if you choose. We will be reading selections only from the Gates and Gilroy volumes; the others we'll read in their entirety.

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Last updated  March 30, 2021.