LITS2307 MODERN CRITICAL THEORY

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SEMESTER II, 2004 - 2005

The remaining corrected papers may be collected from me on TU April 26 and TR April 28.  I'll be in my office on those days for pre-exam consultation.

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Tutor: Ms. Nicola Hunte; E-mail: nicolahunte@hotmail.com

MEETING TIMES

Two compulsory 1-hour lectures per week:

  • Lecture 1: Tuesday 2-3 pm (ALT) 
  • Lecture 2: Thursday 4-5 pm (ALT)

One compulsory 1-hour tutorial per week, chosen from among:

  • Tutorial 1: Tu 4-5 pm (A27) (mainly for part-time students)
  • Tutorial 2: Wed 11-noon (ASR2) (mainly for full-time students)
  • Tutorial 3: Thur 2-3 pm (ASR2) (for either)

Given the complexity of many of the readings, regular attendance at both lectures and tutorials is a must.  Students should register for this course only when this is possible.  If you are likely to regularly miss class, please click here.

COURSE ITINERARY

The course is divided into two modules.  The first is devoted to Psychoanalysis, one of the most important Continental schools.  In the first week, we will explore Freud's views on the nature of identity as a function of both nature and nurture.  The following week, we compare and contrast these views with those of Carl Jung, the founder of Analytical Psychology, a major off-shoot of Psychoanalysis.  In the third and fourth weeks, we turn our attention to examples of Psychoanalytic and Archetypal critical theory, respectively.  In week five, we consider Feminist theorists who have engaged with Freudian and Jungian ideas, followed by a consideration of Post-colonial theorists who have done the same thing.  The term paper is based on the first module.

In the second module, devoted to another important Continental school, Marxism, we begin by exploring Marx's intention to 'turn Hegel on his head' before turning our attention to some key exponents, such as Lukacs, of what has come to be called Hegelian or Western Marxism.  We then devote two weeks to a consideration of Marxist critical theory, focusing in particular on the work of Lukacs and Benjamin, before devoting a week each to Marxist Feminism and Post-colonial theory.

ASSESSMENT

  • Tutorial participation and / or presentation(s): 10%
  • One term paper: 30%
  • Final examination: 60% (2 questions in 2 hours)

You should note that whatever may be the final mark, departmental regulations decree that students must pass at least one question in the final exam in order to pass any course in Literatures in English.  Students who fail the course in this way receive a FE ('Failed Exam') on their grade slip.