TIME SCHEDULE

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PRESENTATIONS AND TIME SCHEDULE - OVERVIEW

You can download a printable version from UGLA (see "Downloads" folder).

All Power Point presentations for the semester can be downloaded from UGLA.

Classes are on:
Mondays from 13:20-14:50 in Árnagarður 311 (map of campus)
and
Wednesdays from 13:20-14:50 in Árnagarður 201

WEEK 1

Session 1

Monday 11 January. Árnagarður Room 311. 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: INTRODUCTION

The course outline, time schedule and your workload.

Session 2

Wednesday 13 January. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: NEW CRITICISM and LIBERAL HUMANISM

Theory before theory provides the background for our topics this semester, i.e. the various modern theories. Main people: I. A. Richards, F.R. Leavis, Matthew Arnold and T.S. Eliot.

WEEK 2

Session 3

Monday 18 January. Árnagarður Room 311. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: STRUCTURALISM and SAUSSURE

The basics of structuralism, Ferdinand de Saussure, signifiers and signified, and his theories on “langue” and “parole”. Also Claude-Levi Strauss

 

Session 4

Wednesday 20 January. Árnagarður Room 201 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: STRUCTURALISM, BARTHES and LEVI-STRAUSS

The subject is Roland Barthes and his structuralist phase, and Peter Barry’s structuralis reading of “The Oval Portrait.”

WEEK 3

Session 5

Monday 25 January. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: POST STRUCTURALISM

Now Roland Barthes has moved over to poststructuralism. We discuss his theories and Jaques Derrida’s ideas about structure, sign and play.

 

Session 6

Wednesday 27 January. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: DECONSTRUCTION and JACQUES DERRIDA

We will discuss Peter Barry’s sample of a deconstructive practice, pp. 73-79.

 

WEEK 4

Session 7

Monday 1 February. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: POSTMODERNISM, HABERMAS and LYOTARD

Postmodernism will be covered, and the theories of Jürgen Habermas and

Jean-Francois Lyotard.

Session 8

Wednesday 3 February. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: POSTMODERNISM, HABERMAS and LYOTARD

Postmodernism and Jean Baudrillard. Peter Barry’s sample of a postmodernist reading of Waiting for Godot.

 

HOME QUIZ 1

Thursday 4 February from 20:00-22:00. Questions from sessions 1-8.

WEEK 5

Session 9

Monday 8 February. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: PSYCHO-ANALYTIC CRITICISM I - FREUD

This is our time to delve into psychology and “ze zeories” of Sigmund Freud.

Session 10

Wednesday 10 February. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter:PSYCHO-ANALYTIC CRITICISM II - FREUD

We go on with Freud and get to know Carl Jung.

 

WEEK 6

Session 11

Monday 15 February. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50


Subject Matter: PSYCHO-ANALYTIC CRITICISM III - LACAN

  • Part 5: “Psychoanalytic criticism” (Beginning Theory, pp. 108-115).

An introduction to Lacan’s ideas and theories.

Session 12

Wednesday 17 February. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: PSYCHO-ANALYTIC CRITICISM IV - LACAN

Peter Barry’s Lacanian reading of “The Purloined Letter” will be discussed and your active participation in the discussion is well appreciated.

 

READING WEEK

READING WEEK

 

 

Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February

 

WEEK 7

Session 13

Monday 1 March. In a Computer Lab. Time: 13:20-14:50

MID-TERM EXAM

Those of you who plan to take the exam outside HÍ, must let Anna know in advance, so she can contact the person responsible for overseeing the exam. Students taking the exam in another country can ask for permission to take it at another time of the day to suit their time zone.

Session 14

Wednesday 3 March. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: FEMINIST CRITICISM

Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Toril Moi, Elaine Showalter.

WEEK 8

Session 15

Monday 8 March. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: FEMINIST CRITICISM

 

We talk about Hélene Cixous, Julia Kristeva and Kate Millett. And Madwomen

Session 16

Wednesday 10 March. Árnagarður Room 201 TIme: 13:20-14:50

 

Subject Matter: WUTHERING HEIGHTS - THE NOVEL

This is a time to relax and have a little discussion about Wuthering Heights. Please read the novel before this class to fully enjoy the conversation. Have you ever been at a party when everyone's talking about someone you don't know? It's no fun. SO READ!

WEEK 9

Session 17

Monday 15 March. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: LESBIAN / GAY CRITICISM

We look at some famous gay/lesbian and queer theorists, including bell hooks, Bonnie Zimmerman and Adrienne Rich.

We move to Judith Butler and Barry’s reading of World War II poetry.

Wednesday 17 March. Árnagarður Room 201. TIme: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: MARXISM

The theories of German philosopher Karl Marx and his friend Friedrich Engels are discussed. Also the French Marxist theorist Louis Althusser and Antonio Gramsci.

WEEK 10

Session 18

Monday 22 March. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: NEW HISTORICISM AND CULTURAL MATERIALISM

We will discuss Stephen Greenblatt and Louis Montrose on New Historicism. Cultural materialism mainly involves Jonathan Dollimore, Alan Sinfield, and, of course, Raymond Williams.

 

Session 19

Wednesday 24 March. Árnagarður Room 201. Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: POST-COLONIAL CRITICSM

  • Part 10: "Postcolonial Criticism" (Beginning Theory, pp. 192-201).

 

WEEK 11

Session 20

Wednesday 29 March. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

 

Subject Matter: POST-COLONIAL CRITICSM and WIDE SARGASSO SEA

This is a time to have a little discussion about Wide Sargasso Sea. Please read the novel before this class to fully enjoy the conversation. Have you ever been at a party when everyone's talking about someone you don't know? It's no fun. SO READ!

Session 21

Tuesday 31 March.

NO CLASS - EASTER HOLIDAY!

WEEK 12

Session 22

Monday 5 April.

 

 

NO CLASS - EASTER HOLIDAY!

 

Wednesday 7 April Árnagarður Room 201.

Subject Matter: NARRATOLOGY

Narratology, or storytelling, from Aristotle and Vladimir Propp, is discussed – and we look at Propp’s “functions”.

 

Thursday 8 April at 23:59

 

DEADLINE for your home assignment

WEEK 13 - THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Monday 12 April. Árnagarður Room 311 Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: NARRATOLOGY

This time, we look at Gerard Genette and his six basic “questions” – and also Peter Barry’s reading of “The Oval Portrait”.

Session 23

Wednesday 14 April. Árnagarður Room 201. Time: 13:20-14:50

Subject Matter: ECOCRITICISM

This time, the modern theory of ecocriticism is under review – and we look at ideas back to the age of Romanticism, and even earlier.

Final exam sometime in late April or (more likely) early May

 

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