Monday, June 15, 2009


Critical Theory A: The Point Is to Change It, Summer 2009

Instructor: Dale Carrico,
Course Blog:
6/15-8/7 T/R 9.30-12.30 MCR Att/Part, 14%; Precis/Co-Fac, 14%; Mid-Term, 36%; Final, 36%.

Provisional Schedule of Meetings

June 16
Administrative Introduction, Personal Introductions.

June 18
Course Introduction
Oscar Wilde, "Soul of Man Under Socialism"

June 23
Nietzsche: Ecce Homo, Preface
Why I Am So Wise
Why I Am So Clever
Why I Am a Destiny (or Fatality)

June 25
Marx, from The German Ideology, "Idealism and Materialism"
Marx on Commodity Fetishism, from Capital

June 30
Sigmund Freud, on "The Psychotic Doctor Schreber" [Handout]

July 2 -- Long Holiday Weekend

July 7
Naomi Klein, No Logo
Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

July 9
Roland Barthes, Mythologies [Purchase Book]

July 14
Carpenter (dir.), They Live In-Class Screening
Hand in Take Home Mid-Term Exam

July 16
Adorno & Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry"
Walter Benjamin, "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility"

July 21
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish [Purchase Book]

July 23
William Burroughs, "Immortality"
Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto

July 28
Hannah Arendt, "Reflections on Violence"

July 30
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks [Purchase Book]
Paul Gilroy, "Melancholia and Multiculturism"

Aug 4
Carol Adams, “Preface” & “On Beastliness and Solidarity" [Handout]
Judith Butler, Undoing Gender [Handout]

Aug 6
Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs
Hand in and/or Exhibit Take Home Final Exam