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20th-Century Literary Theory (2013)  

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20th-Century Literary Theory                                                                   

This course aims to help students understand 20th-century literary theory concerning some of the key issues explored and debated in the West. We will focus on such theories as psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism, deconstruction, new historicism, post-colonialism, queer theory, and postmodernism. Related issues include self and other, man and woman, history and ideology, knowledge and power, speech and writing, nature and culture, experience and identity, postmodern space, trauma and history, age and aging, etc.

Texts

(1) Bressler, Charles E. Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.

(2) Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006.

(3) Presentations:

Barzilai, Shuli. “Borders of Language: Kristeva’s Critique of Lacan.” PMLA 106.2 (1991): 294-305.

Berg, Maggie. “Luce Irigaray’s ‘Contradictions’: Poststructuralism and Feminism.” Signs 17.1 (1991): 50-70.

Greenblatt, Stephen. “Toward a Poetics of Culture.” The New Historicism. New York: Routledge, 1989.1-14.

Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Durham: Duke UP, 1991. (Chapter 1: “The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism”)

Laz, Cheryl. “Act Your Age.” Sociological Forum 13.1 (1998): 85-113.

McLellan, David. Ideology. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995. (Chapters 2 &3: “Marx” “The Marxist Tradition”).

Nealon, Jeffrey T. “The Discipline of Deconstruction.” PMLA 107.5 (1992): 1266-79.

Shiner, Larry. “Reading Foucault: Anti-Method and the Genealogy of Power-Knowledge.” History and Theory 21.3 (1982): 382-398.

Tiffin, Helen. “Post-colonial Literatures and Counter-Discourse.”  Kunapipi 9.3 (1987): 17-34.

Wilkerson, William S. “Is There Something You Need to Tell Me?: Coming out and the Ambiguity of Experience.” Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism. Paula M. L. Moya and Michael R. Hames-Garcia, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. 251-78.

Zerilli, Linda M. G. “A Process without a Subject: Simone de Beauvoir and Julia Kristeva on Maternity.” Signs 18.1 (1992): 111-35.

 Requirements and Grades

1.        Fifteen-minute presentation on an assigned paper (pair-work), 15%.

2.        Essay exam, 70%.

3.        Class participation, 15%.

Tentative Schedule

Week 1  Introduction

Weeks 2-3    Psychoanalytic Criticism

              Barzilai,  “Borders of Language: Kristeva’s Critique of Lacan.” (Week 3)

Weeks 4-5    Feminism

Zerilli, “A Process without a Subject: Simone de Beauvoir and Julia Kristeva on Maternity.” (Week 4)

Berg, Maggie. “Luce Irigaray’s ‘Contradictions’: Poststructuralism and Feminism.” (Week 5)

Week 6  Marxism

              McLellan, Ideology. (Chapters 2 &3 on Marx and Marxists, 9-30).

Week 7  Knowledge and Power

             Shiner, “Reading Foucault: Anti-Method and the Genealogy of Power-Knowledge.”

Weeks 8-9   Deconstruction

              Nealon, “The Discipline of Deconstruction.” (Week 9)

Week 10       May Day

Week 11       New Historicism

              Greenblatt, “Toward a Poetics of Culture,” 1-14. (Library book)

Week 12       Postcolonialism

              Tiffin, “Post-colonial Literatures and Counter-Discourse.” 

Week 13       Queer Theory

Wilkerson, “Is There Something You Need to Tell Me?”

Week 14       Postmodernism and Special Topic: Act Your Age

              Jameson, Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. (Chapter 1)

              Laz, “Act Your Age.”

Week 15       Essay Exam

Week 16       Dragon Boat Festival

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