Critical Theory A, Fall 2009
Instructor: Dale Carrico; firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Site: http://thepointistochangeit.blogspot.com/
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
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.