RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS6002 POST-STRUCTURALISMS AND POST-COLONIALISMS I
(FORMERLY E60B)
 

COURSE ARCHIVE

2010-2011

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2007-2008

2006-2007

2005-2006

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This course shares a website with its undergraduate equivalent
LITS3304 Post-Structuralisms and Post-colonialisms.

THUMBNAIL DESCRIPTION

This course introduces students to several schools of Continental philosophy and critical theory that may be grouped under the rubric 'Post-Structuralism' (chosen from Deconstruction, Dialogism, Foucauldian and Deleuzean Thought, Structuralism, Structuralist Marxism, and Structuralist Psychoanalysis) as well as Feminist, Post-colonial and African American thinkers who have engaged with these schools.

DETAILLED DESCRIPTION

In this course, we will explore several schools of Continental philosophy and critical theory sometimes termed 'Postmodernist' or, perhaps more accurately, 'Post-Structuralist' because they are all informed by (though not uncritically) and, in some cases, seek to extend Saussure's Structuralist philosophy of language, that is, his theory of the way in which meaning is produced in human discourse.  

We will begin by exploring general philosophical issues concerning the nature of reality, identity, knowledge and language advanced by the school in question.  We will then investigate its main critical tenets and interpretative strategies.  We will explore in particular what, if anything, its major theorists have to say about the following issues:

Representation: the nature of the relationship between the (literary) work and the world;

Audience: the nature of the relationship between the audience and the (literary) work;

Authorship: the nature of the relationship between the author and his / her (literary) work;

(Literary) Form: the nature of the formal structure and genre of (literary) works; and

(Literary) History / intertextuality: the chronological relationship linking (literary) works.

We will also compare key European and American essays with seminal Feminist and Post-colonial interventions on the same topics.  For example, we may compare Derrida's "Différance" with Cixous' "Sorties" and Hall's "Cultural Identity and Diaspora." 

Moreover, through close examination of practical illustrations of these theories (especially with reference to Post-colonial literatures), students will be encouraged to apply the paradigms discussed in their own critical writings.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

PREREQUISITES

None, though LITS6001 Modern Critical Theory would be very useful.

ASSESSMENT

Seminar participation and / or presentation(s) and / or response(s): 40%

Research Paper (15-20 double-spaced pages; topic to be approved by course director): 60%
 

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