LITS2307 MODERN CRITICAL THEORY
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LITS2307 / E23G EXAM ADVICE 2004-2005
- The exam is 2 hours in length. You must answer TWO
essay-type questions, chosen from a total of 6.
- The exam is based on Module 2, though you may also draw on relevant
material from Module 1.
- There will be:
- one question on Marx's philosophy of 'historical materialism' (his 'base
/ superstructure model,' dialectical model of history, and conception of
- one question on Hegelian Marxism (Lukacs' abrogation and appropriation
of Hegelian concepts -- the 'expressive totality,' the dialectical
development of history, and 'class consciousness' in History and Class
Consciousness; Gramsci's notion of 'hegemony');
- two questions on Hegelian Marxist aesthetics / critical theory (Lukacs'
"Art and Objective Truth"; Benjamin's "The Author as Producer" and "The Work
of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction");
- one question on Marxist-inflected Feminist theory (Engels; Hartsock);
- one question on Marxist-inflected Post-colonial theory (Fanon's
Wretched of the Earth; Amuta).
- Questions may address issues in aesthetics / critical theory or broader
philosophical issues such as the question of identity.
- Do not ignore essays discussed in the tutorials: these may also be
tested in the exam.
- In preparing for the exam, regular attendance at both lectures and
tutorials is an advantage, and vice versa.