TWITTER HASHTAG: psutheory
Tuesday, September 1
- Intro & Expectations
- Introduction to OER, Digital Reading, Open Pedagogy
- Read Konnikova’s “Being a Better Online Reader” Open Educational Resources (OER) NOTE: This article comes from The New Yorker, and has been made freely available by the magazine at this link.
Thursday, September 3
- Grab the Hypothes.is bookmarklet and install it on your browser toolbar (Chrome preferred, but I’ve had pretty good luck with Firefox, too). Use it to annotate Konnikova’s article.
- What is theory, anyway? Why should we study it? Watch Kevin Mills’s short YouTube video here:
Tuesday, September 8
- Read Wimsatt and Beardsley’s “The Intentional Fallacy” (be sure to bring your e-reader to class). OER NOTE: This article is available online for free.
- Assignment: fill in your Twitter handle and Hypothesis username on our spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gTiBnORP7OWipyrbVogSGIXgV14KmXpUkljaCSJx3es/edit?usp=sharing
- New Criticism PPT in Class
Thursday, September 10
- Read Wimsatt and Beardsley’s “The Affective Fallacy” on Moodle (don’t download it– just read it as it opens in your browser so you can use Hypthosesis; the app doesn’t work that well with pdf’s on Moodle, so I apologize that it won’t be great as you annotate). OER NOTE: This article was accessed for you through JSTOR, which is a database that your university library purchases access to. Your tuition dollars foot the bill for access to this article. This article is NOT FREE, but you have already paid for it, so we are going to use it. Lamson pays $272,490.00 per year for access to databases alone, and another $250,740.00 for print journals and electronic subscriptions which are not included in the databases.
Tuesday, September 15
- Read Louise Rosenblatt’s “The Poem as Event.” OER NOTE: This is a free website.
- Reader-Response PPT in Class
Thursday, September 17
- Read on Moodle: Stanley Fish’s “Is There a Text in This Class?” OER NOTE: This was purchased for our class by the Interlibrary Loan department here at PSU. This was NOT FREE; your tuition dollars are used to pay these fees.
Tuesday, September 22
- Read Chapter 1 (“Literature and History”) from Terry Eagleton’s Marxism and Literary Criticism (Choose FULL TEXT, and annotate from there.) OER NOTE: This is a free internet archive.
- NOTE: the website is down, so you can use this version in the mean time: http://www.eacfaculty.org/pchidester/Eng%20102f/Marxism%20and%20Literary%20Criticism.pdf
Thursday, September 24
- Read several sections of Louis Althusser’s “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
- The State Ideological Apparatuses
- On the Reproduction of the Relations of Production
- On Ideology
- Ideology Has No History
- Ideology is a “Representation” of the Imaginary Relationships of Individuals to their Real Conditions of Existence
- Ideology Interpellates Individuals and Subjects
Tuesday, September 29
- Read Justin Wyllie’s review of Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
Thursday, October 1
- Read Elaine Showalter’s “Toward a Feminist Poetics” OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
- Feminism PPT in Class
Tuesday, October 6
- Read Ferdinand de Saussure’s “Third Course of Lectures on General Linguistics” OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
- Structuralism PPT in Class
Thursday, October 8
- Read Bell & Freeman’s “Decoding the Meaning of a Perfect Christmas Meal” OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
Tuesday, October 13
- Read Michel Foucault’s “What is an Author?” OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
Thursday, October 15
- Foucault Paper Due. Bring hard copy to class!
Tuesday, October 20
- Final Foucault paper due in hard copy form at 8am.
- Poststructuralism PPT in Class
Thursday, October 22
- Read Jacques Derrida’s “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences” OER NOTE: This is a free website available on the internet.
Tuesday, October 27
- Poem Deconstruction Due. Maybe use Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (by Robert Frost) or Anne Bradstreet’s 17th century poem The Author to Her Book?
- Queer Theory and Poststructural Feminism PPT in Class
Thursday, October 29
- Read Judith Butler’s “Imitation and Gender Insubordination” OER NOTE: This is a free sample section of a book, available online.
Tuesday, November 3
- Read on Moodle: Axiom 6 in Eve Sedgwick’s “Epistemology of the Closet.” You really need to read pages 48-54 carefully (pages 55-9 are less important and will not be covered in class). OER NOTE: This was purchased for our class by the Interlibrary Loan department here at PSU. This was NOT FREE; your tuition dollars are used to pay these fees.
Thursday, November 5
- Read two Sigmund Freud articles:
- Family Romances
- On Transformations in Instinct as Exemplified in Anal Eroticism
- OER NOTE: These are both free websites available on the internet.
- Psychoanalysis PPT in Class
Tuesday, November 10
- Read Jacques Lacan’s “The Mirror Stage” OER NOTE: This is a free website.
Thursday, November 12
- Watch Interview with Stephen Greenblatt
- New Historicism PPT in Class
- Postcolonial PPT in Class
Tuesday, November 17 – NO CLASS
- Get one of your Pick-15’s done today!
Thursday, November 19 – NO CLASS
- Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ posts (use the spreadsheet to browse them). This will not count as one of your Pick-15’s; this is in lieu of attending class today.
Tuesday, November 24
- Read the Introduction to Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture. Choose the FULL TEXT and annotate from there. You can stop reading in the section called “Looking for the Join” after he writes, “I want to join.” OER Note: This is a free internet archive.
Thursday, November 26 – NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)
Tuesday, December 1
- Read Patrick Svensson’s “The Landscape of Digital Humanities” OER NOTE: This is an open-access journal, freely available on the internet.
- Hypertext & Poststructuralism Lecture in Class
Thursday, December 3
- Read Sample’s “Notes Towards a Deformed Humanities” OER NOTE: This is Mark Sample’s blog, freely available on the internet.
Tuesday, December 8
- Read Jesse Stommel’s Critical Digital Pedagogy: A Definition OER Note: This is from a free, open-access journal.
- Pick 15’s must be completed by today at 8am.
Thursday, December 10
- Pick 15 Portfolio & Self-Assessment due in hard copy form at 8am in class. If you are not in class that day, make sure you send it to me electronically by 8am to get credit. This should be a 16-page document:
- The first page should be a one-paragraph assessment of how you did on your Pick-15’s, along with a final grade (A through F, including available pluses and minuses). Answer the following questions: 1) Did you do all 15 assignments? Were your assignments thoughtfully conceived, rigorously engaged with the course materials and ideas, and carefully crafted? Did your work contribute in some way to the field of English, the world of critical theory, or your own planned future career? What else would you like to share about your work on the Pick-15’s?
- The remaining fifteen pages should be print outs of each pick-15. If a single pick-15 is longer than one page, you need only print the first page.
- Exam Review and Hypothesis Peer/Self Assessment: laptops are a MUST.
Final Exam is Tuesday, December 15th from 8-10:30am