Theory Courses

In addition to taking at least four creative writing workshops covering at least two genres, students are also required to take at least six reading-intensive courses, including a course in literary theory or the history of literary criticism and a breadth of literary periods.

Theory Courses offered this academic year are listed below.  

Fall 2018

COLT 1210, Introduction to the Theory of Literature
COLT 1810N, Freud: Writer and Reader
COLT 1815F, Memory, Commemoration, Testimony
ENGL 0710L, Ishiguro, Amongst Others
ENGL 1711J, Act for an Undivided Earth
ENGL 1900D, Literature and Politics
ENGL 1900K, Reading Sex
ENGL 1901G, Tiny Politics
ENGL 2561S, Corporate Aesthetics
ENGL 2901J, Classical and Post-Classical Narratology
GRMN 1320I, What is an Image?
MCM 0230, Digital Media
MCM 0260, Cinematic Coding and Narrativity
MCM 0902G, Visual Cultures of Repair and Resistance
MCM 0902I, Never Work! History, theory and media of work and its refusal
MCM 1204D, Politics of Chinese Cinemas
MCM 1505P, Channeling Race: Television and Race in America
MCM 1700F, Theory for Practice/Practice as Theory
MCM 1700Z, What is Happening in Narrative
MCM 1701E, Experimental Narrative
MCM 1701J, Data Visceralization and Climate Change
MCM 2100V, Sex. What is it? Why does it matter?
MCM 2120H, Object of (and in) Animation
TAPS 1380, Mise en Scene
TAPS 1425, Queer Performance

Spring 2019

COLT 2650T, Foundations of Literary Theory
ENGL 0150W, Literature and the Visual Arts
ENGL 0710W, Readings in Black and Queer
ENGL 1140A, Intellectual Pleasures
ENGL 1190S, Poetics of Narrative
ENGL 1711K, The Politics of Perspective: Post-War British Fiction
ENGL 1761Q, WG Sebald and Some Interlocutors
ENGL 1900Y, Medieval Manuscript Studies
ENGL 1950J, Reading Literature in a Digital World
ENGL 2761N, Theories of Affect: Poetics of Expression
ENGL 2900N, Ethical Turns in Psychoanalysis and Literature
GRMN 1200D, Repetition: Kierkegaard, Nietzche, Freud
GRMN 1661C, Troubled Origins: Accounting for Oneself
GRMN 2661O, Heidegger and the Arts
LITR 1230E, Form and Theory of Fiction
LITR 1231E, Rereading Writing
MCM 0150, Text/Media/Culture
MCM 0750C, Subtle Machines
MCM 0902H, Cinema and Revolution
MCM 1203F, The Aesthetics of Political Cinema
MCM 1205R, Film-Noir and the Post-War City
MCM 1505S, Cinema and Imperialism
MCM 1505Z, Kiarostami: Questions of Cinema + Reality
MCM 2120L, Aesthetics, Politics and Medium(s) in Contemporary Film Theory

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Academic Year 2017-2018  

Fall 2017

COLT 1210   Introduction to the Theory of Literature
COLT 1814T   Maghrebi Fiction and Psycoanalysis
COLT 1814U   Politics of Reading
ENGL 1560W   Getting Emotional:  Passionate Theories 
ENGL 1561D    Writing and the Ruins of Empire
ENGL 1761Q   WG Sebald and Some Interlocutors
ENGL 1900Z   Neuroaesthetics and Reading
ENGL 1950G   Reading Narrative Theory 
ENGL 2760M   Postcoloniality and Globalism
ENGL 2901G   Ultimate Dialogicality:  Thinking with Bakhtin
HMAN 1972X   Kubrick's Work
LITR 1231E   Rereading Writing
MCM 0220   Print Cultures: Textuality and the History of Books
MCM 0240   Television Studies
MCM 0902C   Digital Media in the Time of Ecological Crisis
TAPS 1280Y   Issues in Performance Studies

Spring 2018

COLT 1814W   Repetition: Kierkegaard, Nietzche and Freud

COLT 2520F   Theories of the Lyric

COLT 2650R   The New Foucault: Between Antiquity and Neoliberalism

ENGL 1190S   Poetics of Narrative

ENGL 1310H Origins of American Literature

ENGL 1511Y   Emily Dickinson and the Theory of Lyric Form

ENGL 1950H   The Recent Novel and its Cultural Rivals 

ENGL 2901H   Genres of Critique

LITR 1230E   Form and Theory of Fiction

MCM 0150   Text/Media/Culture

MCM 0902E   In Design: Layouts of Modern Media and Design

MCM 0902F   Post Cinema? Histories and Politics in the Digital Revolution

MCM 1230F   Aesthetics of Political Cinema: From Montage to Political Modernism

MCM 1503E   Aesthetic Theory/Cultural Studies

MCM 2310H   Television Realities

MCM 2310M   Politics and Literature

TAPS 1380   Mise en Scene