The Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series - Fall 2010
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 (note exception for Week 5). The lectures are open to all interested graduate students.
Many readings can be found in the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2001) .
Week 1 - No Public Lecture.
Week 2 (8/31): Kant and Aesthetic Theory
Lecture: Bruce Rosenstock, Religion, Illinois
Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Judgment. (Selections in Norton)
Week 3 (9/7): Hegel
Lecture: William Schroeder, Philosophy, Illinois
Hegel, G.W.F. "Introduction." Phenomenology of Spirit. Clarendon Press, 1977. 46-57.
Hegel, G.W.F. "Consciousness." Phenomenology of Spirit. Clarendon Press, 1977. 58-67.
Hegel, G.W.F. "Self-Consciousness." Phenomenology of Spirit. Clarendon Press, 1977. 104-119.
Schroeder, William. "Hegel." Continental Philosophy: A Critical Approach. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 30-59.
Week 4 (9/14): Nietzsche
Lecture: Melissa Orlie, Political Science, Illinois
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil. trans. Kaufmann. various.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Preface. The Genealogy of Morals. trans. Kaufmann.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. First Essay: "Good and Evil," "Good and Bad." The Genealogy of Morals. trans. Kaufmann.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Second Essay: "Guilt," "Bad Conscience," and the Like. The Genealogy of Morals. trans. Kaufmann.
Orlie, Melissa A. "Impersonal Matter." New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics. Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, eds. Duke, 2010. 116-130.
Week 5 (WEDNESDAY 9/22): Marx and Marxism Wed. 8pm in English 104
Lecture: Elaine Freedgood, English, New York University
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (selections in Norton)
Gyorgy Lukacs (selections in Norton)
Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory
Week 6 (9/28): Freud
Lecture: Robert Rushing, Comparative Literature and Italian, Illinois
Freud, Sigmund. "The Uncanny." Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. WW Norton, 2001. 929-952.
Freud, Sigmund. "Fetishism." Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. WW Norton, 2001. 952-956.
Freud, Sigmund. "Negation." The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Hogarth, 1953. 231-239.
Freud, Sigmund. "Some Psychological Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction Between the Sexes." The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Hogarth, 1953. 248-258.
Freud, Sigmund. "From The Interpretation of Dreams." Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. WW Norton, 2001. 919-929.
Week 7 (10/5): Structuralism
Lecture: Michael Rothberg, English, Illinois
Ferdinand de Saussure (selections in Norton)
Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. (Norton).
Levi-Strauss, Claude. "Structural Analysis in Linguistics and Anthropology" from Structural Anthropology.
Althusser, Louis. "Marx's Immense Theoretical Revolution" from Reading Capital.
Week 8 (10/12): Derrida
Lecture: Patrick Bray, French, 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 9 (10/19): Foucault
Lecture: Lauren Goodlad, English, Illinois
Michel Foucault (Introduction and all selections in Norton)
Michel Foucault. Society Must Be Defended, Lectures at the Collège de France 1975-1976: Picador, 2003.
--Ch. 11: 17 March 1976 (1st excerpt)
--Ch. 11: 17 March 1976 (2nd excerpt)
Foucault, Michel. "The Subject and Power," in Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. University of Chicago 1983, pp. 208-228.
Week 10 (10/26): Lacan and Zizek
Lecture: Todd McGowan, English, University of Vermont
Lacan, Jacques. "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious" (Norton)
Lacan, Jacques. "The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious." Ecrits: A Selection. trans. Bruce Fink. W. W. Norton, 2002.
Zizek, Slavoj. "Fantasy as a Political Category." The Zizek Reader.
Week 11 (11/2): Feminism
Lecture: Hina Nazar, English, Illinois
Benhabib, Seyla. "Feminism and Postmodernism." Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange. New York: Routledge, 1995. 17-34.
Butler, Judith. "Contingent Foundations." Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange. New York: Routledge, 1995. 35-58.
Mahmood, Saba. "The Subject of Freedom." The Politics of Piety. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005. 1-39.
Week 12 (11/9): Queer Theory
Lecture: Richard T. Rodriguez, English, Illinois
Judith Butler, "Imitation and Gender Insubordination"
Cathy Cohen, "Punks, Bulldagger, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?" (GLQ 3: 437-485)
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)
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "Introduction: Axiomatic," Epistemology of the Closet (1-67)
Week 13 (11/16): Postcolonial Theory
Lecture: Jim Hansen, English, Illinois
Fanon, Frantz. "The Negro and Recognition," from Black Skin, White Masks
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr . "Critical Fanonism," Critical Inquiry 17.3, 1991
Said, Edward. Introduction to Orientalism (Norton)
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Preface to Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Spivak, Gayatri. "Literature" from Critique of Postcolonial Reason. pp. 112-140;