ITAL602 - TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Theoretical and practical aspects of academic research. Please check the department's website for the course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/graduate/courses
Section 401 - SEM
The scope of this course is to present, and critically discuss, different theoretical approaches to the literary “text”, and to definitions of “contexts” and “co-texts”. Starting from formalist and structuralist approaches, it will move to philosophical hermeneutics, and end with recent post-modern cultural studies and deconstructive theories. A historical approach in the presentation of topics will be combined with the discussion of a variety of critical descriptions and philosophical implications of several cultural trends and formations. The typology of different schools of thought will be highlighted in order to characterize the major epistemological stakes behind different critical productions and theories. Open to undergraduates with permission from the instructor. Textbook: The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Latest Edition, Vincent B. Leitch General Editor, W.W. Norton. The following book has been ordered at the Penn Book Center, 34th and Sansom Streets.
T 0330PM-0530PM
LOCATELLI, CARLA
WILLIAMS HALL 202