Critical Theory Class Schedule


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 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


Thursday, September 10

  • Log in to MyPlymouth and read Wimsatt and Beardsley’s “The Affective Fallacy” (be sure to print out text or bring your e-reader to class).  If you are off campus, you may need to click “log in via an institution” at the top of the page in order to log in via PSU.  Log in to myPlymouth first, then click this link, then choose log in via an institution, and find Plymouth State.  OER NOTE: This article is available 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. Hypothesis won’t work with JSTOR articles, so annotate as you wish.
  • Assignment:

Tuesday, September 15

Thursday, September 17

If this album were real, I would totally own it.

  • 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.
  • Assignment:

Tuesday, September 22

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

Thursday, October 1

Tuesday, October 6

Thursday, October 8

Tuesday, October 13


The Penetrating Michel Foucault (CC BY Thierry Ehrmann)

Thursday, October 15

  • Foucault Paper?

Tuesday, October 20

  • Poststructuralism PPT in Class

Thursday, October 22

Tuesday, October 27

...and that has made all the difference.

…and that has made all the difference.

Thursday, October 29

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

  • Continued conversations on sex, gender, and sexuality.

Tuesday, November 10

Too little, too late.

Thursday, November 12

Tuesday, November 17

Thursday, November 19 – NO CLASS

Tuesday, November 24

  • Read the Introduction to Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture. Choose the FULL TEXT and annotate from there. OER Note: This is a free internet archive.

Thursday, November 26 – NO CLASS

Tuesday, December 1

Thursday, December 3

Tuesday, December 8

Thursday, December 10

  • Exam Review

Final Exam is Tuesday, December 15th from 8-10:30am