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Comparative Literature Program
Dartmouth College
6051 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, NH 03755

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COLT 100: Contemporary Literary Criticism & Theory

Open to MA candidates only.

Fall 2013:  Biron (T4-7)


The concept of "meaning" relies on certain assumptions about texts, interpretation, and communities.  Attending to the roots of contemporary critical practices in philosophy, linguistics, and semiotics, we will consider some of the latest, "cutting edge" ideas in literary and critical theory as they relate to all kinds of cultural "objects":  written texts, films, bodies, identities, buildings, cities, nations, etc.  Works by Hegel, Nietzsche, Saussure, Kristeva, Foucault, Lacan, Benjamin, Derrida, Butler, and others. 

Last Updated: 9/5/13