"The Point Is To Change It"
Critical Theory A, Spring 2012
Seminar Room 18, Tuesdays, 9.00-11.45
Instructor: Dale Carrico; firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Web-Site: http://thepointistochangeit.blogspot.com/
Approximate Grade Breakdown: Attendance/Participation 15%; Precis/Co-facilitation 20%; Essay 1 35%; Essay 2 40%
Provisional Schedule of Meetings:
17 Administrative Introduction | Personal Introductions.
24 Course Introduction | Oscar Wilde, "Soul of Man Under Socialism"
31 Nietzsche: Ecce Homo
Why I Am So Wise
Why I Am So Clever
Why I Am a Destiny (or Fatality)
7 -- Marx on Idealism and Materialism
-- Marx on Commodity Fetishism, from Capital
14 Walter Benjamin, "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility" | Adorno and Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry"
21 Sigmund Freud, Doctor Schreber (Handout)
28 Roland Barthes, Mythologies, Purchase or Check Out Whole Book!
6 Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle | Naomi Klein, No Logo One and Two
13 Spring Break
20 Carpenter (dir.), They Live, In-Class Screening
Hand in Mid-Term Essay
27 William Burroughs, "Immortality" and "Coincidence" | Valerie Solanas, "SCUM Manifesto"
3 Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (Handout)
10 Frantz Fanon, Preface and Conclusion from Black Skin, White Masks (Handout), and Concerning Violence
17 Hannah Arendt, "On Violence" | Must Eichmann Hang? and The Human Condition, Section 33 (Handout)
23 Judith Butler, excerpts from Undoing Gender, Carol Adams, excerpts from Neither Man Nor Beast (Handouts)
30 Hannah Arendt, Conquest of Space | CS Lewis Abolition of Man
1 Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” | Bruno Latour, A Plea for Earthly Science
Hand in Final Essay
Contextualizing Contemporary Critical Theory: The inaugural Platonic repudiation of rhetoric and poetry, Vita Activa/Vita Contemplativa, Marx's last Thesis on Feuerbach, 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: Aura, Critique, Culture Industry, Discourse, Equity-in-Diversity, Fetish, Figurality, Humanism/Post-Humanism, Ideology, Judgment, Neoliberalism, Post-Colonialism, Scientificity, Spectacle, Textuality.
Survey of Key Critical Methodologies: Critique of Ideology, Marxism/Post-Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, Critical Race Theory, Gender Theory, Science and Technology Studies.
Connecting theoria and poiesis: thinking and acting, theory and practice, creative expressivity as aesthetic judgment and critical theory as poetic refiguration, etc.