LITS3304 MODERN CRITICAL THEORY

SEMESTER 1, 2005-2006

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Assessment:

Seminar participation and / or presentation(s): 10%

Term paper: 30%

Final examination: 60% (2 questions in 2 hours)

Note that, whatever the final mark, students must pass at least one question in the final exam to pass any course in Literatures in English.  Failures of this sort are denoted by FE ('Failed Exam') on the grade slip.

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MEETING TIMES

Two compulsory 1.5 hour seminars:

TU 10.30 AM - NOON (A27)

TR 10.30 AM - NOON (A27)

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2005-2006 OUTLINE

This year, our focus will be on the following schools of Post-Structuralist thought:

  • Dialogism (the Bakhtin Circle)
  • Structuralist Marxism
  • Foucauldian and Deleluzean Thought.

Our emphasis will be on exploring the nature of 'discourse' and its implication for interpreting a wide range of texts, literary, filmic, and otherwise.

READING SCHEDULE

Module One: Weeks 1-6: Theories of Language, Mind, Knowledge, Society

Module Two: Weeks 7-12: Aesthetics / Critical Theory

The Reading Schedules are dynamic pages to which I will add information on a regular basis -- check them at least once per week for updates.

I will post the notes (these are all PDF documents) at the latest the night before a lecture.  Please print and bring to class.  If, for some reason, I cannot post the notes, I will bring copies to class.