Monday, September 7, 2009

Our Syllabus

Critical Theory A, Fall 2009

Instructor: Dale Carrico;

Course Site:

Grade Breakdown: At/Prt 15%; Precis/co-fac 20%; Essay 1 35%; Essay 2 40%

Provisional Schedule of Meetings:

Week One | September 1 -- Administrative Introduction, Personal Introductions.

Week Two | September 8 -- Course Introduction
Oscar Wilde, "Soul of Man Under Socialism"

Week Three | September 15 -- Nietzsche: Ecce Homo


Why I Am So Wise

Why I Am So Clever
Why I Am a Destiny (or Fatality)

Week Four | September 22 -- Marx on Idealism and Materialism
-- Marx on Commodity Fetishism, from Capital

Week Five | September 29 -- Sigmund Freud, Doctor Schreber (Handout)

Week Six | October 6 -- Walter Benjamin, "Art in the Age of Mech Rep"
-- Adorno and Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry"

Week Seven | October 13 -- Roland Barthes, Mythologies, Purchase Book

Week Eight | October 20 -- Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle
-- Naomi Klein, No Logo One and Two

Week Nine | October 27 -- Carpenter (dir.), They Live, In-Class Screening
Hand in Mid-Term Essay

Week Ten | November 3 Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (Handout)
-- Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, (Handout)

Week Eleven | November 10 -- William Burroughs, "Immortality"
-- Valerie Solanas, "SCUM Manifesto"

Week Twelve | November 17 -- Hannah Arendt, "On Violence"

Week Thirteen | November 24 -- Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, Book

Week Fourteen | December 1 -- Hannah Arendt, Conquest of Space
CS Lewis Abolition of Man

Week Fifteen | December 8 -- Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs

Week Sixteen | December 11 -- Bruno Latour, A Plea for Earthly Science
Hand in Final Essay

Course Objectives:

Contextualizing Contemporary Critical Theory: Kantian Critique, the Frankfurt School, Exegetical and Hermeneutic Traditions, Literary and Cultural Theory from the Restoration period through New Criticism, from Philosophy to Post-Philosophy: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud.

Survey of Key Themes in Critical Theory: Scientificity, Rhetoric, Humanism, Cosmopolitanism.

Survey of Key Critical Methodologies: Critique of Ideology, Post-Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, Critical Race Theory, Gender Theory, Science and Technology Studies, etc.