Classes

Villains in English Literature

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

The course follows the evolution of literary representations of evil from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. We will return to some of the canonical works of English and American literature in examining the manner in which different historical contexts effect significant changes in the conceptualization and articulation of notions of antagonism and transgression. We will also test the manner in which the evolution of genre and the rise of the novel contribute to these marked fluctuations. Our readings will include Christopher Marlowe´s Dr.

Twentieth Century Literary Theory

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2016

We will read key texts of critical theory from the early to the late Twentieth Century, representative of Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, New Historicism, Posthumanism and Disability Studies. The course is premised on the idea that theory informs each and every act of reading and interpretation. We will unravel and discuss the central tenets of each movement and the evolution of theoretical ideas throughout the century.

Horror: At the Margins of Subjectivity

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

The course will combine a reading of canonical and popular fiction with psychoanalytic theory and philosophy to explore the intersection between horror and subjectivity. Horror's engagement with liminality will be seen as a path to the study of the concept of the subject and the attending fears of its dissolution.

Writer's Block: From Romanticism to the Digital Age

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

The course explores the telling correspondences between the evolution of subject as philosophical concept and that of the creative act. It will trace the manner in which the two are informed by each other's various shifts and transformations. It will do so by attending to a number of fictionalised scenes of interrupted writing in literature from Romanticism to the present.

Landmarks of Criticism: From Plato to Nietzsche

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

The course aims to review some of the writings of key figures in the history of literary criticism in order to trace an evolution in the way literature has been defined, understood and evaluated from Plato to the present. We follow shifting attitudes towards representation, truth, reality, being, subjectivity, origin and copy, similarity and difference all contribute to changes in genre formation and the coordinates of literary appreciation. 

Modernism: Conrad

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

In the course of the semester we will engage in close readings of a number of canonical Conrad novels from Heart of Darkness to Under Western Eyes. The aim is to familiarize students with Conrad's unique idiom, to identify his stylistic innovations and to comment on their contribution to the formation of Modernist narrative.