The Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series - Fall 2008
Once again the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will be offering semi-formal public lectures for graduate students on the history of critical theory. These lectures, each of which will be followed by open discussion, will take place on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00 pm in English 160. The lectures are open to all interested graduate students.
Many of the readings can be found in the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2001) .
Week 1 - No Public Lecture.
Week 2 (9/2): Kant and Aesthetic Theory
Lecture: Laurie Johnson, German, U Illinois
Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason, trans. and ed. Paul Guyer and Allen Wood, "'B' Introduction"
Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Judgment (Introduction, Parts I-IV)
Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Judgment (selections in Norton)
Burke, Edmund. "Of the Passion Caused by the Sublime"
Recommended: Frederick Beiser, "The Enlightenment and Idealism," from Cambridge Companion to German Idealism
Week 3 (9/9): Hegel
Lecture: William Schroeder, Philosophy, U Illinois
Hegel, G.W.F.. "Consciousness." Phenomenology of Spirit. Clarendon Press, 1977. 58-67.
Hegel, G.W.F.. "Introduction." Phenomenology of Spirit. Clarendon Press, 1977. 46-57.
Hegel, G.W.F.. "Self-Consciousness." Phenomenology of Spirit. Clarendon Press, 1977. 104-119.
Week 4 (9/16): Marx and Marxism
Lecture: Jim Hansen, English, U Illinois
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (selections in Norton)
Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (Norton)
Theodor W. Adorno, "On the Fetish Character of Music and the Regression of Listening"
Week 5 (THURS 9/25): Freud
Lecture: Bernhard Reginster, Philosophy, Brown U
Freud, Sigmund. "On Narcissism: An Introduction" (1914)
Freud, Sigmund. "Mourning and Melancholia" (1917)
Freud, Sigmund. "Ch. 3: The ego and the super-ego (ego ideal)." The Ego and the Id. Norton, 1962. 18-29.
Freud, Sigmund. "Ch. 5: The dependent relationships of the ego." The Ego and the Id. Norton, 1962. 38-49.
Freud, Sigmund. Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1922), chapter VII
Freud, Sigmund. "Ch. VIII." Civilization and its Discontents. Strachey, James (ed./trans.). W.W. Norton, 1961. 81-92.
Freud, Sigmund. "Ch. VII." Civilization and its Discontents. Strachey, James (ed./trans.). W.W. Norton, 1961. 70-80.
Week 6 (9/30): Nietzsche
Lecture: Melissa Orlie, Political Science, U Illinois
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil. Kaufmann, Walter (trans.). various.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. "First Essay: "Good and Evil," "Good and Bad"." The Genealogy of Morals. Samuel, Horace B. (trans.). Boni and Liveright, 1918. 1-39.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. "Preface." The Genealogy of Morals. Samuel, Horace B. (trans.). Boni and Liveright, 1918. i-xii.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. "Second Essay: "Guilt," "Bad Conscience," and the Like." The Genealogy of Morals. Samuel, Horace B. (trans.). Boni and Liveright, 1918. 40-93.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense." (Norton)
Week 7 (10/7): Structuralism
Lecture: Bob Parker, English, U Illinois
All Saussure in Norton.
Barthes, "The Death of the Author." (Norton).
Parker, Robert Dale, "Structuralism" (pp. 40-76 in How To Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, 2008)
Hall, Stuart, "Encoding and Decoding" (1973, 1980)
Week 8 (10/14): Lacan, Althusser, Zizek
Lecture: Rob Rushing, Comparative Literature and Italian, U Illinois
Lacan, Jacques."The Mirror Stage," "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious" (Norton)
Althusser, Louis. "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" (Norton)
Zizek, Slavoj. "Courtly Love, or Woman as Thing," The Metastases of Enjoyment (89-112)
Zizek, Slavoj. "How Did Marx Invent the Symptom?" The Sublime Object of Ideology (11-53)
Week 9 (10/18): Derrida
Lecture: Patrick Bray, French, U Illinois
Derrida, Jacques. "Ch. 2: Cogito and the History of Madness (with notes)." Writing and Difference. Routledge, 2001. 36-76, 389-395.
Derrida, Jacques. "Ch. 7: Freud and the Scene of Writing (with notes)." Writing and Difference. Routledge, 2001. 246-291, 426-430.
Derrida, Jacques. "Ch. 10: Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences (with notes)." Writing and Difference. Routledge, 2001. 351-370, 443-444.
Week 10 (10/28): Foucault
Lecture: Lauren Goodlad, English, U Illinois
Introduction to Michel Foucault and all Foucault selections in Norton (pp. 1615-1669)
"The Subject and Power," in Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (University of Chicago 1983, pp. 208-228)
"Politics and Reason," in Michel Foucault: Politics, Philosophy, Culture (Routledge 1988, pp. 57-85)
Week 11 (11/4): Feminism
Lecture: Sarah Projansky, Cinema Studies and Gender and Women's Studies, UIllinois
Collins, Patricia Hill. "Ch. 6: Some Group Matters: Intersectionality, Situated Standpoints, and Black Feminist Thought." Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. "Ch. 9: Gender systems: toward a theory of human sexuality." Sexing the body: gender politics and the construction of sexuality
Mulvey, Laura. "Visual Pleasure in Narrative Cinema"
Shohat, Ella. "Gendered Cartographies of Knowledge: Area Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Postcolonial Studies." Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices
Week 12 (11/11): Queer Theory
Lecture: Martin Manalansan, Anthropology and Asian American Studies, U Illinois
Judith Butler, "Imitation and Gender Insubordination"
Cathy Cohen, "Punks, Bulldagger, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?" (GLQ 3: 437-485)
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "Introduction: Axiomatic," Epistemology of the Closet (1-67)
Foucault, Michel. "Part 1: We "Other Victorians"." The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction. Vintage Books, 1990. 1-13.
Foucault, Michel. "Part 2, Ch. 1: The Incitement to Discourse." The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction. Vintage Books, 1990. 17-35.
Michael Warner, "Introduction" in Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (vii-xxxi) Recommended: John D'Emilio, "Capitalism and Gay Identity"
Esther Newton, Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (Chapter 5, "Role Models," 97-111) Gayle Rubin, "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality"
Week 13 (11/18): Postcolonial Theory
Lecture: Wail Hassan, Comparative and World Literature, Illinois
Edward Said, "Introduction" to Orientalism (Norton)
Gayatri Spivak, from Critique of Postcolonial Reason (pp. 112-140)
Homi Bhabha, "Of Mimicry and Man" from The Location of Culture