- This course serves as an introduction to the ideas of some of the most important thinkers in the broad and dynamic field of modern “critical theory.”
- Provide experience reading complicated theoretical work written in English (or English translation)
- Hone students’ skills in discussion and critical thinking
- Prepare the students who may be interested in graduate-level work in Anglophone countries for engaging in theoretically informed academic discourse
- Сonvey the multiplicity of perspectives available for advanced work in the humanities
- Ideological Constructs, the Social Imaginary, CultureCritique of Post-Ideology. Historical Ruptures in the Structure of Knowledge. The Irreducibility of Metaphor. The Psycho-Ideological Experience of Community. Cultural Imperialism. Consumer Society and the Culture Industry.
- Subjectivities, the Psyche, and the SelfPsychoanalysis and Its Critique. History of Sexuality. Gender and Identity. The Post-Colonial Subject. Post-Humanism.
- Written in-class testShort essay (500 – 1000 words) questions on key topics (the student can choose one of the proposed topics) from the lectures
- PresentationsThe presentation topic can be selected by the student from the list of suggested topics. The message duration is 7-10 minutes. Sources are selected by the student independently within the framework of the chosen topic, for its disclosure in the presentation.
- Class participation and attendance
- Final Examination Paper(about 2000 words): You are free to choose your own topic. The one requirement is that your analysis should draw on the work of at least two theorists that we have covered (or the equivalent). You may want to apply theoretical perspectives to analyzing a literary text. Or you may write on a purely theoretical topic—how different theorists approach some common problem.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.1 * Class participation and attendance + 0.35 * Final Examination Paper + 0.3 * Presentations + 0.25 * Written in-class test
- LaCapra, D. (2013). History, Literature, Critical Theory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=671499
- Osborne, T. (2008). The Structure of Modern Cultural Theory. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=515106
- Tally, R. T. (2014). Fredric Jameson : The Project of Dialectical Criticism. London, [England]: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=798182
- Wolfreys, J., Womack, K., & Robbins, R. (2014). Key Concepts in Literary Theory: Vol. Third edition. Edinburgh University Press.
- Wortham, S. (2010). The Derrida Dictionary. London: Continuum. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=341723