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Comparative Literature 101: Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory (Friedman, Spring 2024): Home

Erik Desmazières, Library of Babel

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Comp Lit 101

How does critical theory help us to read and write literature? Potential foci include structuralism, semiotics, social theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, cultural criticism, gender studies, feminism, queer studies, postcolonial criticism, ecocriticsm.

You are asked to reflect on the following: If we understand Borges’ "Biblioteca de Babel" as a metaphor for the universe, how should we “read” this universe?