Critical Practices

L371 — Fall 2019

Linda Charnes
Days and Times
2:30 - 3:45p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Modes of Meaning in Everyday Life, From the Page to the Microbiome

Majors only

We will concentrate on four broad categories from the past 40 years in literary/criti­cal practice: political analysis, psychoanalysis from Freud through Zizek; Actor-Net­work-Theory; and Affect The­ory, which lets us combine the other categories in practical and flexible ways. Our aim will be first to clarify how each practice fits into its category (where boundaries really are), and second, how they can be blended depending on the object of study. Our critical authors will in­clude Althusser, Freud, Lacan, Jameson, Zizek, Latour, J.L. Austin, Judith Butler, Sianne Ngai, Helene Cixous, Derrida, Ania Loomba, and others. Literary texts will be Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; Othello; Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, Lawrence Sterne’s Tristam Shandy, and Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.

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