French 777

Winter Semester 1996

Cultural Studies and Literary Analysis: Socio-cultural Semiotics

Charles J. Stivale
361 Manoogian, 577-0970
C_Stivale@wayne.edu


Detailed Program

Required Texts:

M. Bérubé, -Public Access- (Verso, 1994) L. Grossberg, C. Nelson, P. Treichler, ed., -Cultural Studies- (Routledge, 1992) F. Lentricchia/T. McLaughlin, -Critical Terms for Literary Studies- (Chicago, 1990) K. Silverman, -The Subject of Semiotics- (Oxford, 1983)

Texts on Reserve = [R] / Handouts xeroxed = [H] / rec'd = recommended

-Detailed Program

(cf. attached sheet regarding supplementary class sessions)

-Week/Date- -Subject/Readings-

1 - 9 Jan Introduction // [rec'd Bérubé, Intro, 1-40]

Tues

11 Jan Bérubé, ch.1, "Discipline and Theory" (43-58)

Thurs Lentricchia/McLaughlin, ch.1, 2, 3 (11-49)

[H] Stivale, "On Cultural Lessons, French and Other"

[H] J. Warner, "Political Correctness Goes Haute," -Village Voice- (5 Sept1995)

2 - 16 Jan Silverman, ch. 1 (3-53)

Tues [R] Barthes, -Mythologies-: "Myth Today" (109-159) Bérubé, ch.2, "Winning Hearts and Minds" (59-85)

18 Jan [Bérubé, ch.3, "Exigencies of Values" ( 87-115)]

Thurs [R] Barthes, -Mythologies- (15-25, 56-64, 81-87, 100-102)

*** [Essay 1: A contemporary mythology: due on Thurs, 25 Jan]

Supplementary meeting 1, Fri 1/19, 3:30 French Room (470 Manoogian)

3 - 23 Jan [R] U. Eco, -Travels in Hyperreality-, "Lumbar Thought" (191-95), "The Multiplication of Media" ( 145-150), "Culture as Show Business" (151-57), "Sports Chatter" ( 159-165), "Two Families of Objects" (183-85) [rec'd: 135-44 & 197-211 [Bennett/Woollacott, Intro/ch.1 ( 1-21)] Lentricchia/McLaughlin, ch. 4, 5, 9 ( 50-79, 121-134)

25 Jan Bérubé, "Epilogue: Harvesting the Humanities" ( 243-267)

Thurs [Bennett/Woollacott, ch.3 ( 44-92)]

*** Essay 1 due, in class (at latest: noon Fri, 26 Jan, 487 Manoogian)

4 - 30 Jan Silverman, chs.II-III ( 54-125)

Tues Lentricchia/McLaughlin, ch. 11, 12 ( 147-176)

1 Feb Lentricchia/McLaughlin, ch. 13, 15 ( 175-185, 203-222)

Thurs Bérubé, ch.4, "Just the Fax, Ma'am" ( 119-135)

** Selections for synopses/critiques (wks 7-9) due by Thurs, Feb 8

Supplementary meeting 2: Fri 2/2, 3:30 PM, French Room, with Prof.

Karen Jankowsky (German & Slavic, WSU): reading distributed [H]

5 - 6 Feb Tues Silverman, ch. IV (126-193) & V ( 194-236)

8 Feb Silverman, ch. VI ( 237-283)

Thurs Bérubé ch. 5, "Pop Goes the Academy"

*** Make selection for synopses/critiques (for weeks 7-9)

*** [Essay 2: Midterm questions distributed: due on Fri, 16 Feb]

-6 - 13 Feb Bérubé, ch.6, "Bite Size Theory"

Tues Lentrichhia/McLaughlin, ch. 16, 17 ( 225-249) [21 & 22 rec'd]

15 Feb Lentricchia/McLaughlin, ch, 19, 22 ( 263-273, 306-320) [ch. 20 & 21

Thurs rec'd]

[R] Grossberg, Nelson, Treichler, "Introduction" from Cultural Studies- [CS] (1-16)

*** Essay 2 (Mid-term) due Fri, 16 Feb or Mon 19 Feb (at latest) 487 Manoogian

Supplementary meeting 3, Fri 2/16, 3:30 PM, French Room: additional

readings distributed [H]

-7 - 20 Feb S. Hall, "Cultural Studies and its Theoretical Legacies," in CS ( 277-294)

[R] J. Pfister, "The Americanization of Cultural Studies" from -Yale Journal of Criticism- 4.2 (1991): 199-229.

[R] C. Nelson, "Always Already Cultural Studies: Two Conferences and a

Manifesto." -Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association- 24.1 (1991): 24-38.

22 Feb Thurs Synopses/Critiques 1, from CS (cf. list attached)

Supplementary meeting 4, 2/23, 3:30 PM, French Room: readings distributed [H]

8 - 27 Feb Tues Synopses/Critiques 2, from CS (cf. list attached)

29 Feb Thurs Synopses/Critiques 3, from CS (cf. list attached)

*** [Abstract of research paper, due Thurs 7 March, in class]

Supplementary meeting 5, Fri 3/1, 3:30 PM, French Room: readings distributed [H]

9 - 5 March Tues -- Synopses/Critiques 4, from CS (cf. list attached)

7 March Thurs Discussion of format, weeks 10-14

*** Abstract of research paper, due -in class- 7 March

Spring Break- 11-15 March

-Weeks 10-14: (Subject to possible revision during semester)

-Readings by and with Key Cultural Theorists- (possible format)

** = texts available, but not for in-class discussion

10- 19 March [R] Jean Baudrillard, -Selected Writings-, 1-9, 166-219

Tues [R] + M.Gane, ed., -Baudrillard Live- 1-16, 99-127

21 March Reading with Baudrillard

Thurs [R] Meaghan Morris, "Room 101, Or a Few Worst Things In the World," in -The Pirate's Fiancée-, 187-211

** [Arthur Kroker, "Baudrillard's Enchanted Simulation" in -The Possessed Individual-]

Supplementary meeting 6: Fri, 3/22, 3:30 PM with Prof. Ann Larabee (Dept. of American Thought & Language, Michigan State U): readings to be distributed

11- 26 March [R] Michel de Certeau, "History: Science and Fiction," in -Heterologies-,

Tues 199-221 & [R] "General Introduction" xi-xxiv, ch. VII "Walking in the City" 91-110, XII "Reading as Poaching" 165-176, in -The Practice of Everyday Life-

28 March Reading with de Certeau

Thurs [R] Henry Jenkins, ch. 1 "... Fans, Poachers, Nomads" 9-49 & Conclusion, 277-287, in -Textual Poachers- [R] Mireille Rosello, "The Screener's Map..." in Landow, Hyper/Text/Theory- 121-158

Supplementary meeting 7, Fri 3/29, 3:30 PM, French Room: readings distributed [H]

12- 2 April [R] Pierre Bourdieu, "Introduction", -Distinction- 1-7

Tues [R] Bourdieu, ch.4-5, -The Field of Cultural Production- . 145-175

** [Bourdieu et Loïc Wacquant, -An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology- 94-140]

4 April-- Reading with Bourdieu

Thurs [R] Marie-Pierre Le Hir, "Bridging National Fields", -Nineteenth- Century French Studies- 24.1-2 (1995): 13-33

[R] L. Grossberg, "Putting the Pop Back in the Postmodern", in A. Ross, ed. Universal Abandon-, 167-190

13- 9 April Tues-- Additional Reading from CS, by Crimp

11 April [R] Gilles Deleuze (& Félix Guattari), -Negotiations-: Part One 3-34, and Thurs "A Portrait of Foucault" 102-118

** Brian Massumi, "Realer than Real: The Simulacrum according to Deleuze and Guattari," Copyright 1 (1988): 90-97.

Supplementary meeting 8: 12 April, 3:30 PM, French Room with Shawn Wilbur,

Bowling Green State Univ.: reading distributed [H]

-14- 16 April Additional Readings from Lentricchia/McLaughlin ("Ideology," "Desire", Tues and, if time, "Class")

18 April Reading with Deleuze (and Guattari)

Thurs [R] Stuart Moulthrop, "Rhizome and Resistance," in G.Landow, ed., Hyper/Text/Theory-, 299-319

** [Stivale, "Of -heccéités- and -ritourenelles-: Movement and Affect in the Cajun Dance Arena"]

[R] George Yúdice, "Marginality and the Ethics of Survival," in A.Ross ed., Universal Abandon-, 214-236

Research papers due noon, Weds 24 April (latest: noon Mon 29 April)

 

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