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!
Session One: What is Theory? (Thurs 4th November 2010)
Jonathan Culler: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. (Chapter One, 'What is Theory?').
Philip Rice and Patricia Waugh eds. Modern Literary Theory: A Reader (fourth ed.). (General Introduction).
Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction. (Introduction: What is Literature?)
Session Two: Marxism (Thurs 18th November 2010)
- Terry Eagleton, Marxism and Literary Theory, Ch.1, 'Literature and History'.
- Eric Hobsbawn's Introduction in The Communist Manifesto, (Verso 1998).
- Pierre Macherey and Etienne Balibar's 'On Literature as an Ideological Form', in Robert Young's Untying the Text, (1981).
- 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)
- Passage from Said's Orientalism.
- Bart Moore-Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics, (London, Verso, 1997) (chapter on Postcolonial theory or postcolonial criticism).
- John Mcleod, Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000). (Section beginning 'Theories of Postcolonial Discourse').
- Daniel Varisco, Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid (SeattleL Washington UP, 2007).
Session Four: Semiotics (Thurs 20th January 2011)
- Daniel Chandler, Semiotics: The Basics, (introduction).
- Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs (Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction), (chapter on 'Semiotics as a Theory of Reading').
- Umberto Eco, The Role of the Reader, (Introduction).
Session Five: Feminism (Thurs 10th February 2011)
Session Six: Psychoanalysis