After considering some opening statements about the powers and limits of theory, we'll jump back to the nineteenth century and take a quick look at Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, and Saussure. Then we'll zero in on three more recent figures: Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Mikhail Bakhtin. In the last half of the term, we'll explore a number of even more recent developments: feminisms, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies. (Many of those developments had only begun to emerge when I first began teaching this course--back in 1993! In other words, this is a rapidly-changing field.)

OVERVIEW

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS


WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTIONS, ELABORATIONS, AND A LITTLE BIT OF MARX


WEEK TWO: BACKGROUNDS -- FREUD, NIETZSCHE, AND STRUCTURALISM


WEEK THREE: DERRIDA


WEEK FOUR: FOUCAULT


WEEK FIVE: BAKHTIN AND THE BAKHTIN CIRCLE


WEEK SIX: FEMINISMS


WEEK SEVEN: QUEER THEORY


WEEK EIGHT: RACE


WEEK NINE: POSTCOLONIAL THEORY


WEEK TEN: CULTURAL STUDIES


revised March 30, 1999
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