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Criticism and Marxism

ENGL 359
Spring 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: GRST 259
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

This course introduces students to the Marxist (or historical-materialist) tradition, with an accent on its centrality to interpretative methods in literary studies and to related fields in the human sciences. We will study foundations, beginning with Marx and Engels, and our reading will carry us through the range of Marxisms that inform contemporary critical practice. We will focus on historical materialism as a style of dialectical thought, uniquely equipped to grasp both our immediate objects of study (literary texts and other cultural productions) and the social forces through which those objects are determined. In the same dialectical mode, we will reflect often on the relation between our work in the classroom and our contemporary social and historical situation. Students with an interest in literary and social theory will benefit from the course, as will students who know a little bit about Marxism but want to understand the logic of this crucial body of thought.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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