RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS3303 2008 - 2009

MODULE ONE: MARXISM

Don't forget that articles not in one of the anthologies or online may be found in the course folder in the library.
 

WEEK  ONE: INTRODUCTION
(Week of September 1)
 

REQUIRED READINGS

SEMINAR 1:
  • Introductory Matters
  • What is Literary Theory?
  • What is Theory?
 
SEMINAR 2: Summaries:

RECOMMENDED READINGS

  • Singer, Peter.  Hegel.  Oxford: OUP, 1983.2

PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK TWO: KARL MARX
(Week of September 8)
 

REQUIRED READINGS SEMINAR 1: Summaries:
SEMINAR 2: Summaries:
RECOMMENDED READINGS
  • McLellan, David.   Karl Marx: his Life and Thought.  New York: Harper & Row, 1973.3
PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK THREE: HEGELIAN MARXISM
(Week of September 15)
 

REQUIRED READINGS SEMINAR 1: Summaries:
  • 03A Lukacs "Class Consciousness" (TBA)
SEMINAR 2: Summaries:
RECOMMENDED READINGS
  • Kearney, Richard "Georg Lukács" (pp. 136-150 in his Modern Movements in European Philosophy)
  • Kearney, Richard "Antonio Gramsci" (pp. 169-189 in Modern Movements in European Philosophy)
PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK FOUR: MARXIST LITERARY THEORY
(Week of September 22)
 

REQUIRED READINGS SEMINAR 1: Summaries:
SEMINAR 2: Summaries:
RECOMMENDED READINGS
  • Kearney, Richard "Georg Lukács" (pp. 136-150 in his Modern Movements in European Philosophy)
  • Williams, Raymond.  "Literature and Sociology: in Memory of Lucien Goldmann."  Problems in Materialism and Culture.  London: Verso, 1980.  11-30.
  • Eagleton, Terry.  "Criticism and Politics: the Work of Raymond Williams."  New Left Review 95 (1976): 3-23.
PHILWEB RESOURCES

WEEK  FIVE: MARXIST POST-COLONIAL THEORY
(Week of September 29)
 

REQUIRED READINGS SEMINAR 1: Summaries:
SEMINAR 2:
  • C. L. R. James "The Artist in the Caribbean" [1959] (pp. 183-190 in his The Future in the Present)
  • George Lamming "Politics and Culture" [1980] (pp. 77-83 in his Essays, Addresses and Interviews, ed. Andaiye and Richard Drayton, et al.)
Summaries:
RECOMMENDED READINGS
  • Robinson, Cedric.  Black Marxism: the Making of the Black Radical Tradition.  London: Zed Books, 1983.  Rpt. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1999.
PHILWEB RESOURCES

FOOTNOTES
 

  1. This article is an extract from Sibree's translation of The Philosophy of History.  There are several available translations which you may read.  Please visit my PhilWeb Hegel page for other translations (e.g. see Reason in History).

  2. Singer's introduction to Hegel is a useful, brief summary of Hegel's key ideas.  See my PhilWeb Hegel page for a variety of other useful secondary sources, some of which may be found in the Main Library.

  3. McLellan is an authority on Marx who has written many books on this subject.  This is one of his best-known studies and well worth reading for an understanding of Marx.  See my PhilWeb Marx page for a variety of other useful secondary sources, some of which may be found in the Main Library.

  4. Note that I have substituted the shorter and slightly easier essay, "What is Orthodox Marxism?", for the longer, more complex one originally listed here, "Class Consciousness."  In the former, Lukacs broaches all the issues which he develops further in the remaining essays collected in History and Class Consciousness.

END OF MODULE ONE
 

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