Spring 2020 - ENGL 364 E100

Literary Criticism: History, Theory, and Practice (4)

Class Number: 9063

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 1505, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    HCC 1520, Vancouver

    Apr 17, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    HCC 1530, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses. Recommended: ENGL 216.



The study and application of select literary theories.


This course surveys literary and cultural theory of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with an eye to how it can be applied for literary analysis. In addition to foundational theorists such as Foucault, Lacan, Derrida, and Said, we will engage with current theoretical discussions, including disability studies, affect theory, and performance studies.

We will begin the semester by reading Jane Eyre, using it to ground our discussions of different theorists and critical lenses throughout the semester. However, you are encouraged to bring the course materials to bear on your own interests, and the final project for this semester will be open. To help you develop your ideas, you will be expected to complete a project proposal and give a short presentation about your topic during a mini-conference to be held during the last week of class.


  • Participation and Attendance 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Short Essay 20%
  • Participation in Mini-Conference 10%
  • Final Project Proposal and Project 45%



Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
ISBN: 9780141441146

Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan, eds, Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction (3rd edition)
ISBN: 9781119061755

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
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Registrar Notes:

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