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This course tackles two main complaints about theory: one, that it is alienatingly abstract; and two, that theory doesn’t make sense to people outside the English major. This quarter, we will try forging a different understanding of theory. We will approach it not as a merciless taskmaster, but as critical practice integrally tied into figuring out your relation to the world. Since we are creatures of language, communicating theoretical ideas in “plain English” is crucial for using critical practice as a form of self-making.
The general theme for this quarter is the relationship between self, creativity, fiction, and truth, and using writing to make and examine these connections. All assignments will be geared towards practice in working theoretical language into a grammar and syntax that makes sense to you, and understanding the relationship between self and critical practice.