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20th-Century Literary Theory  

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     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, Marxism, feminism, deconstruction, new historicism, queer theory, post-colonialism, postmodernism, and age as performance. 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, age and aging, etc.

 Textbook

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

 Optional Texts

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 (1982): 111-35.

Requirements and Grades

1.        Term paper, 60%.

2.        Ten-minute group presentation on a theory to be applied in the term paper, 10%.

3.        Ten-minute presentation on the term paper, 15%.

4.        Active class participation, 15%.

Tentative Schedule

Week 1  Introduction

Week 2  Psychoanalytic Criticism (Tyson, 11-52)

              Barzilai,  “Borders of Language: Kristeva’s Critique of Lacan.”

Week 3  Marxism (Tyson, 53-82)

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

Weeks 4-5    Feminism (Tyson, 83-134)

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

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

Weeks 6-7   Deconstruction (Tyson, 249-80)

              Nealon, “The Discipline of Deconstruction.”

Week 8  Knowledge and Power (Tyson, 281-316)

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

Week 9  New Historicism (Tyson, 281-316)

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

Week 10       Queer Theory (Tyson, 317-58)

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

Week 11       May Day

Week 12       Postcolonialism (Tyson, 359-450)

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

Week 13       Postmodernism and Special Topics: Space, Age as Performance

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

              Laz, “Act Your Age.”

Week 14       Group presentations on theory.

Weeks 15-16       Presentations on term papers.

Academic Honesty

       To plagiarize is to use someone else’s work (words, ideas, etc, published or unpublished) as if it was one’s own. Any act of plagiarism in this class will be reported to the dean.

 

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