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LIT-732 Seminar in Literary Theory (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Provides a methodological basis for theoretical approaches to literary studies and focuses on critical issues in the study of literature. Topics include the history of aesthetics, contemporary literary theory, and feminist theory. Usually offered every fall.

LIT-732 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Incredible Realism
Although the act of reading any literary text involves the suspension of disbelief, what does that phrase mean for texts that combine realistic and non-realistic elements, whether in the form of implausible figures, highly improbable or impossible events, uncanny doubles, ghostly presences, or "magical realism"? This seminar focuses on fiction that stretches the suspension of disbelief through its blending of credible and incredible elements. Students read theorists of the fantastic along with imaginative texts represent diverse time periods, nationalities, and literary forms and techniques.