SYLLABUS FOR E456 MODERN LITERARY THEORY, CHAPMAN U SPRING 2003
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Required Texts (Chapman Bookstore)
Leitch, Vincent B., ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: Norton, 2001. ISBN: 0-393-97429-4.
General: College | Internet | Lit. Theory | Sample | Grammar | Deductive | Citation | Analysis | Editing | Plagiphrasing | Bad English | Rubric | Links
Theory Resources: Voice of Shuttle | Johns Hopkins Guide | Sokal's Hoax | Teachers' Resource Web
Term Papers: Paper 1 (due Week 7) | Paper 2 (due with final exam).
Guides: Irony | Feminist Timeline | Faludi's Backlash | Performatives
Questions: Kant | Hegel/Marx | Nietzsche | Saussure | Brooks | Wimsatt | Gramsci | Benjamin | Levi- Strauss | Barthes | Derrida | Foucault | Lyotard | Habermas | Michaels | Fanon | Said | Hall | Bhabha | Beauvoir | Cixous | Austin | Butler
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
01/01. 1st Session: Introduction to Course.
02/06. 1st: Immanuel Kant. From Critique of Judgment. 2nd: Immanuel Kant. From Critique of Judgment.
02/13. 1st: Georg Hegel and Karl Marx (all except Capital I.10 and Letter). 2nd: Friedrich Nietzsche. "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense."
02/20. 1st: Ferdinand de Saussure. From A Course in General Linguistics. 2nd: Ferdinand de Saussure. From A Course in General Linguistics. (cont.)
02/27. 1st: Cleanth Brooks. "The Heresy of Paraphrase"; "Formalist Critics." 2nd: W. K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley. "The Intentional Fallacy"; "The Affective Fallacy."
03/06. 1st: Antonio Gramsci. "The Formation of the Intellectuals." 2nd: Walter Benjamin. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."
03/13. 1st: Claude Levi-Strauss. From Tristes Tropiques. 2nd: Roland Barthes. "Death of the Author"; "From Work to Text." Paper 1 Due in Class Week 7.
03/20. 1st: Jacques Derrida. From Dissemination. Turn in Take-Home Midterm.
03/27. 1st: Michel Foucault. "What is an Author?" 2nd: Michel Foucault. From History of Sexuality; "Truth and Power."
04/03. 1st: Jean-Francois Lyotard. "Defining the Postmodern." 1st: Jurgen Habermas, Norton selections. 2nd: Walter Benn Michaels and Stephen Knapp. "Against Theory."
04/10. 1st: Frantz Fanon. From The Wretched of the Earth. 2nd: Edward Said. "Introduction" to Orientalism.
No Class, Spring Break.
04/24. 1st: Stuart Hall. "Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies." 2nd: Homi Bhabha. "The Commitment to Theory."
05/01. 1st: Simone de Beauvoir. "Myth and Reality" from The Second Sex. 2nd: Helene Cixous. "The Laugh of the Medusa."
05/08. 1st: J. L. Austin, "Performative Utterances." 2nd: Judith Butler. "Preface" and "Chapter 3" of Gender Trouble.
05/15. Take-home final; turn in by email or from 7:00-8:00 PM Thursday May 15, in class.