Catalog Description: Prerequisite or corequisite: ENGL 441. Introduction to the basic concepts and methods of contemporary trends in literary and critical theories.
Course Description: English 501 is one of the two required introductory courses designed to prepare students for graduate level coursework and to introduce students to the scholarly and critical discourses of literary studies. This course is intended to serve as an intensive and focused introduction to the historical development of contemporary literary and critical theory. It surveys significant developments in several fields of English studies, with particular emphasis on major debates in contemporary literary theory.