Defining Criticism, Theory and Literature (Lecture/Discussion)
Hermeneutics n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb). The science and
methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text.
Literary criticism (pages 3-4)
Theoretical criticism (page 5)
Barbara Smith, Toward a Black Feminist
What is Barbara Smiths chief ground of complaint? Which group of people are especially
invisible in contemporary culture? (2302) What changes might the greater recognition of black
women have on other
Gramsci's "The Formation of the Intellectuals" from Prison Notebooks (NATC
1. How does Gramsci most broadly define the term "intellectual"? In what
sense does his interest in the intellectual point to a recalibration of
Marxist notions about class a
The Interpretation of Dreams
Sigmund Freud (1900)
Doug Davis (1995-1999)1
"Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo"
This work was, by his own assessment, Sigmund Freud's greatest. In the process of showing how seemingly
"The Negro and Psychopathology":
"Whoever says rape says Negro"
"Face to face with this man who is 'different from himself,' he needs to defend
himself. In other words, to personify the Other. The Other will become the mainstay of
his preoccupations and h
A main channel through whom Plato's ideas influenced the middle ages, Plotinus
(204-270 CE) and his disciple Porphyry combined Plato's rationalism with mysticism
to produce a powerfully influential version of neo-Platonism. Plotinus' works were
Longinus: "On the Sublime"
Longinus, writing in the classical historical tradition says that the sublime implies that
man can, in emotions and in language, transcend the limits of the human condition.
Longinus's approach is contradistinguished from Plato'
Jacques Lacan (1901-1981)
"The mirror stage as formative of the function of the I as revealed in psychoanalytic
Delivered at the 16th International Congress of Psychoanalysis,
Zrich, July 17, 1949
1. Explain what Lacan mea
Sigmund Freud: The Interpretation of
Despite the widely-recognized failure of Freudian psychotherapy to heal disturbed
people effectively and the rejection of many of his major theories Freud remains one of
the most influential figures of th
Richter, The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends, 2nd Edition. (R)
Rivkin and Ryan, Literary Theory: An Anthology (R&R)
In addition to these required texts, you may want to consult the following very useful
Terry Eagleton, Lit
HANDOUT ON FREUD AND PSYCHOANAYLSIS
Sigmund Freud, Interpretation of Dreams, chapter VI ("The Dream- Work"),
NOTE : During the course of our readings, Freud twice refers to one of
his own dreams. For a look at this dream, which is known to F
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Translated by Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press, 1967.
"The explosion will not happen today. It is too soon . . . or too late. / I
do not come with timeless truths" (7).
"What does a man want