History of Criticism Since 1965:
Contemporary Literary Theory

Autumn 2003, T/Th, 11:30-1:20pm. Denny 209

Steven Shaviro (shaviro@shaviro.com)
Office: A303 Padleford, T/Th 2:00pm-3:00pm

September 30, October 2 Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
October 7, 9 F. W. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
October 14, 16 Sigmund Freud, Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis
October 21, 23 Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics, selections
October 28, 30 Jacques Derrida, "Structure, Sign, and Play"
November 4, 6 Jacques Lacan, "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious"
November 13 Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
November 18 Michel Foucault, from The Foucault Reader: "Truth and Power"; "What is an Author?"
November 26 Michel Foucault, from The Foucault Reader: "The Body of the Condemned"; "Panopticism"; "Right of Death and Power Over Life"; "We 'Other Victorians'"; "The Repressive Hypothesis"
December 2, 4 Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, "Introduction: Rhizome"
December 9
Luce Irigaray, This Sex Which Is Not One (Selections)
Jean Baudrillard, Symbolic Exchange and Death

Books by Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Barthes, and Foucault have been ordered from the University Bookstore. Selections from Saussure, Derrida, Lacan, Irigaray, Baudrillard, and Deleuze and Guattari, are photocopied in the class reader available at the Odegaard Copy Center.

Class Requirements: weekly response sheets (50% of grade); a take-home final, with questions given out on December 10, due on December 17 (50% of grade).

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