E333 – Critical Studies of Popular Texts
Prerequisite: CO 150.
Description: This course explores popular forms of literature using a range of critical and theoretical approaches. Topics and approaches will vary according to the professor teaching the course with the course potentially organized around the study of a particular popular genre (examples include: science fiction, fantasy, detective fiction, romance, comics, and westerns) or around investigating a topic (such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, environment, technology, nation, imperialism, disability, and species) in texts from multiple genres. Critical approaches will include literary theory, cultural studies, and approaches developed by the communities of scholars who focus on the study of popular genres. In all cases the course will offer the opportunity to reflect on the ramifications of applying methods derived from the study of high culture to texts that are frequently dismissed as simplistic or conventional. Course descriptions for upcoming semesters can be found in Rambler.
Requirements fulfilled by this course: check Rambler for each semester