Critical Theory A, Fall 2007
Instructor: Dale Carrico; firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Site: http://arguere.blogspot.com
Contextualizing Contemporary Critical Theory: Kantian Critique, the Frankfurt School, Exegetical and Hermeneutic Traditions, Literary and Cultural Theory from the Restoration period through New Criticism, from Philosophy to Post-Philosophy: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud.
Survey of Key Themes in Critical Theory: The Problem of Scientificity, The Problem of Rhetoric, Linguistic Turns, Cosmopolitanisms, Theory and Emancipation.
Survey of Key Critical Methodologies: Critique of Ideology, Post-Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, Critical Race Theory, Gender Theory, Science and Technology Studies, etc.
Co-facilitate Class Discussion 15%
Mid-Term Exam: 35%
Final Exam: 35%
Week One | August 28
Administrative Introduction, Personal Introductions.
Week Two | September 4
Introduction to Critical Theory: History, Themes, Problems
Oscar Wilde, "Soul of Man Under Socialism"
Week Three | September 11
*Nietzsche: Ecce Homo
Why I Am So Wise
Why I Am So Clever
Why I Am a Destiny (or Fatality)
Week Four | September 18
Marx on Commodity Fetishism, from Capital
Naomi Klein, No Logo, selection
Week Five | September 25
Sigmund Freud, on the Psychotic Doctor Schreber (Handout)
Week Six | October 2
*Roland Barthes, Mythologies, Purchase Book
Week Seven | October 9
Carpenter (dir.), They Live, In-Class Screening
Hand in Take Home Mid-Term Exam
Week Eight | October 16
*Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, Purchase Book
Week Nine | October 23
*Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, Purchase Book
Week Ten | October 30
*William Burroughs, "Immortality"
Week Eleven | November 6
*Valerie Solanas, "SCUM Manifesto"
Week Twelve | November 13
*Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, Purchase Book
Week Thirteen | November 20
*Carol Adams, “Preface” & “On Beastliness and Solidarity," Handout
Week Fourteen | November 27
*Judith Butler, Undoing Gender, Handout
Week Fifteen | December 4
*Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs”
Week Sixteen | December 11
Hand in Take Home Final Exam