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Reading Assignment

Assignments Due

1

9/25

Aristotle, Poetics, especially parts 1-18, 23-26 (59-81)

Barry, “Introduction” and “Theory before ‘theory’” (1-37)

(optional) Eagleton, “The Rise of English” in Literary Theory: An Introduction

 

2

10/1

Sign and Structure

(optional) Richter, “Structuralism and Deconstruction” (819-837)

Barry, “Structuralism” (38-58)

Saussure, Selections (841-851)

Barthes, “Striptease” (869-870); “The Structuralist Activity” (871-874)

Foucault, “What is an Author?” (904-914)

Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Weekly Response: Heart of Darkness

3

10/8

Textuality and Deconstruction

Barry, “Post-structuralism and Deconstruction” (59-77)

Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense” (452-459)

Derrida, “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences” (914-926)

In Murfin: “A Critical History of Heart of Darkness” (137-162)

 

Weekly Response: “Binary Opposition”

4

10/15

Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity

(optional) Richter, “Psychoanalytic Theory and Criticism” (1106-1122)

Barry, “Psychoanalytic Criticism” (92-115)

Freud, “The Dream-Work” (500-509), “The Uncanny” (514-532)

Žižek, “Courtly Love, or, Woman as Thing” (1181-1197)

In Murfin: “Deconstruction and Heart of Darkness” (205-244)

Weekly Response: “Desire”

 

5

10/22

Ideology and Dialogism

(optional) Richter, “Marxist Criticism” (1198-1214)

Barry, “Marxist Criticism” (150-165)

Williams, “From Marxism and Literature” (1272-1290)

Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” (1263-1272)

Weekly Response: "Ideology"

6

10/29

Genders and Sexualities I

(optional) Richter, “Feminist Literary Criticism” (1502-1519)

Barry, “Feminist Criticism” (116-133)

Kolodny, “Dancing Through the Minefield” (1550-1562)

Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century” (1966-1991)

In Murfin: “Feminist and Gender Criticism and Heart of Darkness” (163‑204)

Paper Due

 

7

11/5

Disciplining Subjects

(optional) Richter, “New Historicism and Cultural Studies” (1320-1342)

Barry, “New historicism and cultural materialism” (166-184)

Foucault, “Las Meninas” (1357-1366)

Bourdieu, “Distinction: A Social Critique” (1398-1403)

In Murfin: “The New Historicism and Heart of Darkness” (245-284)

(optional) Supplemental Foucault, selections from Discipline and Punish and other goodies:

Weekly Response: “Power”

 

8

11/12

NO CLASS MEETING: Veterans Day Holiday

 

 

9

11/19

Genders and Sexualities II

(optional) Richter, “Gender Studies and Queer Theory” (1611-1627)

Barry, “Lesbian/gay criticism” (134-149)

Foucault, “History of Sexuality” (1627-1637)

Berlant and Warner, "Sex in Public" (1721-1734)

Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination” (1707-1719)

Weekly Response: “Identity”

10

11/26

Race, Nation and Postcolonialism

(optional) Richter, “Postcolonialism and Ethnic Studies” (1753-1774)

Barry, “Postcolonial criticism” (185-195)

Achebe, “An Image of Africa” (1783-1790)

Spivak, “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism” (1836-1849)

Bhabha, “Signs Taken for Wonders” (1875-1890)

In Murfin: “Postcolonial Criticism and Heart of Darkness” (285-324)

12/6

Final Exam

Barry, “Theory after ‘theory’”

Exam Responses due in person or by email by 6pm, Thursday, December 6

Revised Paper Due [New Date]  

 

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