The Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series 2019
The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will offer a series of public lectures on the history of critical theory. These lectures, each of which will be followed by open discussion, will take place on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm in 1092 Lincoln Hall. The lectures are coordinated with graduate seminars on critical theory in a number of departments, but are also open to other faculty or graduate students who may wish to attend.
Students may wish to purchase the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Second Edition (2010).
Week 1 (8/27): No Public Lecture
Week 2 (9/3): German Idealism, Helga Varden, (Philosophy)
I. Hannah Arendt:
On the Origins of Totalitarianism
- Preface to the First Edition, pp. vii-ix
- Preface to Part One: Antisemitism, pp. xi-xvi
- Preface to Part Three: xxiii-xl
(please note that Part II Imperialism is included in the pdf but is not required reading)
Eichmann In Jerusalem
- "The Accused," pp. 21-35
- "Epilogue," pp. 253-279
II. Immanuel Kant:
Religion with the Bounds of Mere Reason
- "Concerning the Predisposition to Good in Human Nature," pp. 6: 26-29
- "Concerning The Propensity to Evil in Human Nature," pp. 6: 29-33
"The Doctrine of Right" in The Metaphysics of Morals
- "Division of the Doctrine of Right," pp. 6: 236-237
- "Division of Rights," pp. 6: 237-239
- "Private Right" (selections), pp. 6: 245-249 & 6: 264-267 & 6: 305-308
- Public Right" (selection), pp. 6: 311--332
An Answer to the Question- What is Enlightenment?
Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View
"Main features of the description of the human species' character," pp. 7: 330-333
Week 3 (9/10): Structuralism, Constantine Nakassis, (Anthropology, U Chicago)
- de Saussure, Ferdinand. 1916 . Introduction- Chapters 3–5 (pp. 8–23), Part I (General Principles)- Chapter 1 (pp. 65–70), Part 2 (Synchronic Linguistics)- Chapters 2–6 (pp. 101–132). In Course in General Linguistics. Roy Harris, trans. Open Court. 51pp.
- Lévi-Strauss, Claude. 1958 . “The Structural Study of Myth” (1955) (pp. 206–231). In Structural Anthropology. Basic Books. 25pp.
- Metz, Christian. 1967 . “Problems of Denotation in the Fiction Film” (pp. 108–145). In Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema. Oxford University Press. 37pp.
- Bellour, Raymond. 2000. “The Obvious and the Code” (1973) (pp. 69–76). In Analysis of Film. Indiana University Press. 7pp.
 For the film clip (from the 1946 film, The Big Sleep) Bellour discusses in “The Obvious and the Code,” see http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/ogaycken/clips/a-scene-from-the-big-sleep/view.
- Jakobson, Roman. 1942 . Chapters 3–6 (pp. 45–116). In Six Lectures on Sound and Meaning. MIT Press.
- Benveniste, Émile. 1971. “Saussure after a Half-Century” (1963) (pp. 29–42),“The Nature of the Linguistic Sign” (1939) (pp. 43–48), “The Levels of Linguistic Analysis” (1963) (pp. 101–112). In Problems of General Linguistics. University of Miami.
- Bakhtin, Mikhail. 1952–1953 . “The Problem of Speech Genres” (pp. 60–102). In Speech Genres and Other Late Essays. University of Texas Press.
Week 4 (9/17): Marx and Marxism, Erik McDuffie, (History)
- McDuffie, Sojourning For Freedom, Chap 6
- Claudia Jones, For the Unity of Women in the Cause of Peace, 1951
- Angela Davis, Freedom Is a Constact Struggle, Chap 8
Week 5 (9/24): Pscyhoanalytic Studies, Patricia Gherovici, (Psychoanalytic Studies, U Penn)
- Freud, S. (1926). The Question of Lay Analysis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XX (1925-1926): An Autobiographical Study, Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety, The Question of Lay Analysis and Other Works, 177-258
- Sigmund Freud. (1920). The psychogenesis of a case of homosexuality in a woman. In J. Strachey (Ed. & Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 18, pp. 145–172). London: Hogarth Press.
- Jacques Lacan. (2006) “The Situation of Psychoanalysis and the Training of Psychoanalysts in 1956” in Ecrits pp. 384-411. Ecrits: The First complete edition in English (B. Fink, Trans.). New York: Norton.
- Patricia Gherovici and Manya Steinkoler. "The Situation of Psychoanalysis and the Training of Psychoanalysts in 1956” .pdfin Derek Hook, Calum Neil and Stijn Vanheule (2019) Reading Lacan's Ecrits: From 'The Freudian Thing' to 'Remarks on Daniel Lagache' pp. 104-130.
- Jacques Lacan. (2001) Proposition of 9 October 1967
- The seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book XX. On the limits of love and knowledge, 1972–1973 (J. A. Miller, Ed. & B. Fink, Trans.). New York: Norton. pp. 78-81
Week 6 (10/1): Deconstruction, Marcus Keller, (French and Italian)
- Derrida (1967)_Structure Sign Play
- Derrida (1971)_Signature Event Context
- Derrida. 1993. Specters of Marx (Excerpts)
- Derrida Humanities
Week 7 (10/8): Biopolitics, Samantha Frost, Political Science
- Foucault, “Governmentality” from Foucault, Power (essential works) ed. Faubian (NYU Press) 201-222
- Foucault, Lecture one 11 January 1978 from Security, Territory, Population (pp1-23) (23pp)
- Esposito, “Community, Immunity, Biopolitics” Angelaki 18 (3) (2013)-83-90 (7pp)
- Agamben “Life Divided” and “A Life Inseparable from Its Form” from The Use of Bodies (Stanford UP 2015) 195-213. (18pp)
- Agamben “Anthropological Machine” in The Open-Man and Animal (Stanford UP 2004) 33-38 (5pp)
- Agamben, “Introduction” from Homo Sacer (Stanford UP 1998)- 9-14 (6pp)
- Rachel Lee “Chapter 1- How a critical biopolitical studies lens alters the questions we ask vis-à-vis race” in The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America (NYU Press 2014): 39-65 (26pp)
- Achille Mbembe, "Necropolitics."22 Public Culture 15(1) (2003)- 11-40
- Maurizio Meloni, “A Postgenomic Body- Histories, Genealogy, Politics” Body and Society 24(3) (2018)- 3-38
- Maurizio Meloni, “A Postgenomic Body- Histories, Genealogy, Politics” Body and Society 24(3) (2018)- 3-38
- Victoria Pitts-Taylor The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Duke UP 2016). https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/Record/uiu_8025899
- Kim Tallbear Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (UMN Press 2013). https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctt46npt0
- Nikolas Rose The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton UP 2007). https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/Record/uiu_8614945
- Neel Ahuja Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species (Duke UP 2016). Main Library Course Reserves, https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/Record/uiu_8112438
- Melinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy (Duke UP 2014).
Week 8 (10/15): Postcolonial Theory, Nasser Mufti, (English, UIC)
- Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism. Critical Inquiry, Vol. 12, No. 1, "Race," Writing, and Difference. (Autumn, 1985), pp. 243-26.
- Lukacs, Georg. 1962. The Historical Novel. London- Merlin Press. Pp 19-30.
- James, C.L.R. 1963. The Black Jacobins. New York- Vintage Books. Pp 145-162; 241-266.
Week 9 (10/22): Critical Race Theory, Patricia Nguyen, (Asian American Studies, Northwestern)
- Crenshaw, Kimberle, and Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, Kendall Thomas, %22Introduction,%22 Critical Race Theory, xiii-xxxii..pdf
- Malloy, I Prefer Panthers to Pigs from Out of Oakland, 2017.pdf
- Matsuda, Mari %22Looking to the Bottom- Critical Legal Studies and Reparations,%22 Critical Race Theory, 63-79. .pdf
- Sharpe, The Ship from In The Wake, 2016.pdf
- "How Activists Won Reparations for the Survivors of Chicago Police Department Torture" by Flint Taylor, http://inthesetimes.com/article/18118/jon-burge-torture-reparations
- Chicago Reparations Ordinance: https://chicagotorture.org/reparations/ordinance/
- "We Charge Genocide: Police Violence Against Chicago's Youth of Color," A Report Prepared for the United Nations Committee Against Torture: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CAT/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CAT_CSS_USA_18557_E.pdf
- Chicago is About to Offer the Nation's First Reparations Program for Victims of Police Volence, https://www.thenation.com/article/chicago-about-offer-nations-first-reparations-program-victims-police-violence/
- Artists Hope Memorial to Burge Torture Suvivors Spurs Empathy, Action, by Kristen Thometz, WTTW: https://news.wttw.com/2019/07/09/artists-hope-memorial-burge-torture-survivors-spurs-empathy-action
- Report Card on Reparations: https://chicagotorture.org/reparations/report-card-on-reparations/
Week 10 (10/29): Indigenous Studies, Theresa Montoya (Anthropology, U Chicago), Haley Negrin (History, UIC), and Kelly Wiseup (English, Northwestern)
NAIS and Disciplines
- J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, "“A structure, not an event”: Settler Colonialism and Enduring Indigeneity," Lateral vol. 5, no. 1 (2016).
- Audra Simpson, “Ethnographic Refusal- Anthropological Need” (chapter 4 in Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), 95-114.
- Lisa Brooks, “The Primacy of the Present, the Primacy of Place- Navigating the Spiral of History in the Digital World,” PMLA vol.127, no. 2 (2012): 308-16.
Sovereignty, Settler Colonialism, and Entanglements
- Jean Dennison, “Entangled sovereignties- The Osage Nation’s interconnections with governmental and corporate authorities.” American Ethnologist 44, no. 4 (2017): 684-696.
- Max Liboiron, “How Plastic is a Function of Colonialism.” Teen Vogue December 21, 2018..pdf
- Maile Arvin, Eve Tuck, and Angie Morrill, “Decolonizing Feminism- Challenging Connections between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy” Feminist Formations, vol. 25, no. 1 (Spring 2013)- 8-34.
- Rachel Flowers, “Refusal to Forgive- Indigenous women’s love and rage,” Decolonization- Indigeneity, Education and Society Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)- 32-49
Week 11 (11/5), Feminist Theory, Lida Maxwell, (Political Science, Boston U)
- Audre Lorde, “Poetry is not a Luxury,” from Sister Outsider – 5 pages.
- Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe- An American Grammar Book” – 17 pages
- Michael Warner, “Public and Private” from Publics and Counterpublics - 40ish pages
- Hannah Arendt, “Private and Public,” Part II of The Human Condition.
- Sophie Lewis, Full Surrogacy Now
- Sara Ahmed, “Feminist Killjoys,” from The Promise of Happiness
- Rachel Carson, Chs. 1-2 of Silent Spring (“A Fable for Tomorrow” & “The Obligation to Endure”)
Week 12 (11/12), Queer Theory, Toby Beauchamp, (GWS)
- Michel Foucault, "The Incitement to Discourse." From The History of Sexuality, Vol. I. NY- Random House, 1990. pp.17-35
- Cathy Cohen, "Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens- The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?" GLQ 3 no.4 (1997)- 437-465.
- Susan Stryker, "My Words to Victor Frankenstein above the Village of Chamounix- Performing Transgender Rage." GLQ 1 no.3 (1994)- 237-254.
- Julian Gill-Peterson, %22Trans of Color Critique before Transsexuality.%22 TSQ 5 no.4 (2018)- 606-620.
- Gayle Rubin, "Thinking Sex- Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality." In The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, ed. Abelove, Barale, and Halperin. NY- Routledge, 1993. pp.3-44.
Week 13 (11/ 19), Ecocriticism, Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Classics
1.)Abigail Pérez Aguilera, The Tangibility of Maize, Indigenous Literature, Bioart, and Violence in Mexico, in Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies
2.) Kimberly Ruffin, Bones and Water, Telling Myth, in Black on Earth
3.) Rachel Stein, The Place, Promised, That Has Not Yet Been