Literary and Cultural Theory, 2011-2012
Note: The readings are included in two reading packs, one for each term. Please remember to purchase two volumes in addition to the reading packs: Discipline and Punish and Civilization and its Discontents.
Immanuel Kant, ‘What Is Enlightenment?’ Online: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kant-whatis.html
Michel Foucault, ‘What Is Enlightenment?’ The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow, trans. Catherine Porter (New York: Pantheon Books, 1984): 32-50.
Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, trans. Thomas Burger (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993): 1-56.
Karl Marx, ‘The Fetishism of the Commodity and Its Secret’. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1, trans. Ben Fowkes (London: Penguin, 1990): 163-77.
Georg Lukács, ‘The Phenomenon of Reification’, Part I of ‘Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat’. History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics, trans. Rodney Livingstone (London: Merlin, 1968): 83-110.
Naomi Klein, No Logo (London: Flamingo, 2000): 1-26.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, ‘Bourgeois and Proletarians’. Manifesto of the Communist Party. Online: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch01.htm.
David Harvey, Chs. 15-17 of ‘The Experience of Space and Time’, Pt. III of The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989): 240-307.
Reading Week – NO CLASS
Charles Baudelaire, ‘The Painter of Modern Life’. Selected Writings on Art and Literature, translated with an introduction by P. E. Charvet (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992): 390-435, 458-460.
Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Man of the Crowd’. Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America, 1984): 388-396. Online: http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/p/poe/edgar_allan/p74c/cons5.html
Walter Benjamin, ‘On Some Motifs in Baudelaire’. Selected Writings Vol. 4: 1938-1940, ed. Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings, trans. Edmund Jephcott and Harry Zohn (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003): 313-355.
Marshall Berman, ‘Baudelaire: Modernism in the Streets’. All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982): 131-71.
Perry Anderson, ‘Modernity and Revolution’. Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, ed. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg (Urbana and London: University of Illinois Press, 1988): 317-38.
Walter Benjamin, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility (Second Version)’. Selected Writings Vol. 3: 1935-1938, ed. Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings, trans. Harry Zohn (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002): 101-133.
Walter Benjamin, ‘On the Concept of History’. Selected Writings Vol. 4: 1938-1940, ed. Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings, trans. Harry Zohn (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003): 389-400.
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, trans. Alan Sheridan (New York: Vintage, 1979): 3-31; 135-69; 170-94; 195-228.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to an unexpected fault the following lecture has recorded without sound. We hope the slides are useful and apologise for the problem.
Fredric Jameson, ‘Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’. New Left Review 146 (1984): 53-92.
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Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents, trans. David McLintock (London: Penguin, 2002).
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Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud, Part I (Boston: Beacon Press, 1974): 11-105.
Luce Irigaray, ‘The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine’ and ‘Questions’, from This Sex Which Is Not One, trans. Catherine Porter (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985): 68-85; 119-69.
Kate Soper, ‘Nature and Sexual Politics’. What is Nature? (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995): 119-48.
Dipesh Chakrabarty, ‘The Climate of History: Four Theses’. Critical Inquiry 35 (Winter 2009): 197-222.
Mike Davis, ‘Who Will Build the Ark?’ New Left Review 61 (January-February 2010): 29-46.
Immanuel Wallerstein, 'The Modern World-System in Crisis: Bifurcation, Chaos, and Choices’. World Systems Analysis: An Introduction (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004): 76-90.
Slavoj Zizek, Living in the End Times (London: Verso, 2010): 353-83.
Tim Jackson, selections from Prosperity without Growth? The Transition to a Sustainable Economy (Sustainable Development Commission, 2009): 16-36.
Reading Week – NO CLASS
Theodor W. Adorno, selections from Minima Moralia, trans. E. F. N. Jephcott (London: Verso, 1978).
Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception.’ Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, trans. Edmund Jephcott (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002): 94-136.
Raymond Williams, ‘Culture is Ordinary’. Resources of Hope: Culture, Democracy, Socialism (London and New York: Verso, 1989): 3-18.
Raymond Williams, ‘The Analysis of Culture’. The Long Revolution (London: The Hogarth Press, 1992): 41-71.
Pierre Bourdieu, selections from Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, trans. Richard Nice (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984).
Pascale Casanova, “Principles of a History of World Literature,” from The World Republic of Letters, trans. M. B. Devoise (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004): 1-44.
Franco Moretti, ‘Conjectures on World Literature’. New Left Review 1 (2000): 54-68.