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In Theory...!

In Theory...!

Ever wondered about the influence of ideology?

Do you know your Foucault from your Freud?

Distanced by Derridean deconstruction?

 Then this is the reading group for you!


Our next meeting is on: Thursday February 10th in H0.42 at 5pm



Session One: What is Theory? (Thurs 4th November 2010)

  1. Jonathan Culler: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. (Chapter One, 'What is Theory?').
  2. Philip Rice and Patricia Waugh eds. Modern Literary Theory: A Reader (fourth ed.). (General Introduction).
  3. Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction. (Introduction: What is Literature?)


Session Two: Marxism (Thurs 18th November 2010)

  1. Terry Eagleton, Marxism and Literary Theory, Ch.1, 'Literature and History'.
  2. Eric Hobsbawn's Introduction in The Communist Manifesto, (Verso 1998).
  3. Pierre Macherey and Etienne Balibar's 'On Literature as an Ideological Form', in Robert Young's Untying the Text, (1981).
  4. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan's Introduction to the chapter on Marxism: 'Starting with Zero: Basic Marxism' in Literary Theory: An Anthology, ed. Rivkin and Ryan (Blackwell, 1998).


Session Three: Postcolonialism (Thurs 9th December 2010)

  1. Passage from Said's Orientalism.
  2. Bart Moore-Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics, (London, Verso, 1997) (chapter on Postcolonial theory or postcolonial criticism).
  3. John Mcleod, Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000). (Section beginning 'Theories of Postcolonial Discourse').
  4. Daniel Varisco, Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid (SeattleL Washington UP, 2007).


Session Four: Semiotics (Thurs 20th January 2011)

  1. Daniel Chandler, Semiotics: The Basics, (introduction).
  2. Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs (Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction), (chapter on 'Semiotics as a Theory of Reading').
  3. Umberto Eco, The Role of the Reader, (Introduction).


Session Five: Feminism (Thurs 10th February 2011)

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Session Six: Psychoanalysis