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LIT 4310: Literary Theory

Welcome!

If you are looking for research assistance for Dr. Deardorff's Literary Theory course (LIT-4310), then you've come to the right place! And if you are a student who is looking to learn more about literary theory and criticism in general, or for other courses and assignments, then you have come to the right place as well! 

The purpose of this course guide is to assist students with their assignments for Dr. Deardorff's course. However, theory is very prevalent outside of this class, so the larger goal is to familiarize you, the student researcher, with literary theory and criticism. Often professors expect you to write theory driven papers before you take this course, and expect you to know what theory is in general. 

As such, this course guide seeks to provide an initial overview of literary theory, and to provide direction to possible sources for more in-depth scholarship and study. The sources and theories included in this course guide are by no means exhaustive, so feel free to branch out and discover other theories and theorists of your own. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the search! 

What is Literary Theory?

ELML Department Statement

Cedarville University is dedicated to affirming truth when something is true, rejecting falsehood when something is false, and redeeming ideas through biblical context when ideas can be redeemed. To that end, we will in this course affirm truth, reject falsehood, and redeem ideas via Christian intellectual enterprise. In doing so, we seek to bring Glory to God, moving closer to what it means to be a Christian scholar.