What you'll learn
- This course will give you a clear understanding of structuralism.
- You will learn the major themes and ideas of structuralism.
- You will be able to use structuralist theory in your writing.
- You will understand the main concepts associated with structuralism.
- It would be better if you take my beginner level course on literary theory.
The structuralist movement is probably one of the most significant shifts in literary studies, especially because of its focus on structure rather than the individual utterance. As a student and scholar of English Literature, you could always use some basic knowledge of structuralism to further improve your comprehension of literary texts.
This course caters to the learning of graduate and undergraduate English students (preferably those who have taken my beginner theory course. Comprising video lectures and digital print sources, this course will help you learn the basics of structuralism and the structuralist criticism and then offer you further instruction in using the theory in your work.
I will provide clear explanation of the major structuralist texts and also discuss some example essays that use the structuralist mode of criticism. This course coupled with the reading materials (provided under specific lessons) will teach you some of the following:
A clear understanding of the structuralist methods, its theoretical lineages, and its varied permutations.
A knowledge of using structuralist approaches in your reading and writing.
skills to apply the structuralist methods in everyday life encounters and practices.
Besides the video lectures, the course includes textual resources, links to longer and more detailed videos, and links to the resources on my website. I am also open to any suggestions that you might have and would incorporate them as and when I revise this course. So, please feel free to reach out to me through the course messaging system with your questions, queries, and suggestions.
Who this course is for:
- Graduate and undergraduate students of English literature.
I am a former Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literary Studies with twenty years of experience of teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at three US research universities.
When you take any of my courses, be assured that the courses contain materials created by an expert!
I have authored several books and also share my educational expertise internationally through webinars, public talks, and through my YouTube Channel on Postcolonialism. I welcome all suggestions for improving the courses. Please never hesitate to contact me!
PhD. in English, Florida State
Masters in English, Belmont University
Bachelors in English, Belmont University
Diploma, Japanese Language, NUML, Pakistan
ISIS: Ideology, Symbolics and Counter Narratives, Routledge, 2019.
The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America, Palgrave, 2016.
Constructing Pakistan, Oxford, 2010.