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20th-Century Critical Theory  

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This course aims to help students understand 20th-century critical 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, postmodern space, trauma, 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.

Requirements and Grades

1.     Fifteen-minute group presentation on a point in the theory of the week (pair work, presentation based on texts from reputable academic sources of your own choice; wherever applicable, elaborate on and/or critique a point discussed in Tyson; an e-version of the written report sent to the class email address), 15%.

2.        Active class participation, 15%.

3.        Term paper, 60%.

4.        Presentation on the term paper, 10%.

Tentative Schedule

Week 1  Introduction

Week 2  Psychoanalysis (Tyson, 11-52)

Week 3  Marxism (Tyson, 53-82)

Weeks 4-5  Feminism (Tyson, 83-134)

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

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

Week 9  New Historicism (Tyson, 281-316)

Week 10   May Day Holiday

Week 11   Queer Theory (Tyson, 317-58)

Week 12   Postcolonialism (Tyson, 359-450)

Weeks 13-14   Special Topics: Space, Age as Performance, Trauma

Week 15   Presentations on Term Papers

Week 16   Presentations on Term Papers

              Paper due at the end of the semester

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.

Caruth, Cathy. “Unclaimed Experience: Trauma and the Possibility of History.” Yale French Studies 79, Literature and the Ethical Question (1991): 181-92.      

Gallagher, Catherine. Review Essay “The New Materialism in Marxist Aesthetics.” Theory and Society 19.4 (1980): 633-646.

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.

张在新、张峰, <当代批评理论实用指南>对解构理论及作品解构分析的误读》,《外国文学》2015年第3期,第111 119页。

References

Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, eds. The Post-colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990, 1999.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: A Peer-Reviewed Academic Resource (http://www.iep.utm.edu/)

Irigaray, Luce. This Sex Which Is Not one. Trans. Catherine Porter with Carolyn Burke. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1985.

Ryan, Michael, ed. The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2011.

Rooney, Ellen, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2006.

Rush, Fred, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2004.

Zima, Peter V. Deconstruction and Critical Theory. Trans. Rainer Emig. London: Continuum, 2002. 

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