Honors | Critical Practices (ENG)
L371 | 2724 | Shane Vogel


L371 Critical Practices
Shane Vogel

11:15a-12:30p TR (20 students) 3 cr., A&H

Prerequisite:  L202 with a grade of C- or higher.  Restricted to
Hutton Honors students who are English majors.

TOPIC:  "Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Their Legacies"

This course provides an introduction to intellectual and theoretical
traditions that have shaped the understanding of literature,
culture, and self in the modern era. The primary focus in this
course will be on how to read theory. Rather than a broad survey of
every school of critical thought, we will focus our discussions on
the work and intellectual legacy of three influential thinkers of
the modern era:
Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. Each unit will be devoted to a rigorous
and in-depth investigation into the key works of these authors
(including _The Manifesto of the Communist Party_, _The German
Ideology_, and _Capital_; _On Dreams_, _Beyond the Pleasure
Principle_, and _Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality_; and _The
Birth of Tragedy_ and _The Genealogy of Morals_). We will also
examine how important aspects of these thinkers were elaborated in
twentieth century thought, tracing the development of materialist
literary criticism after Marx, psychoanalytic criticism after Freud,
and anti- (or post-) foundational criticism after Nietzsche.
Students will write a number of formal reading responses and three
short papers.