LCST

3790

Critique as Form

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Critique as Form

Spring 2020

Taught By: Orville Lee

Section: A

CRN: 4042

Credits: 4

[Track C] The intellectual practice of critique is a self-evident feature of academic life in the humanities as well as “critical” social science. However, the contemporary “post-truth” age presents a potential crisis for critique. This seminar entertains the practice of critique as form, as a vehicle for the expression of knowledge and as a mode of intervention in the world of texts, cultures, and identities. Readings include examples of critique drawn from critical philosophy, Marxism, social science, literary theory, and critical theory. We will consider skeptical views that question the self-evidence of critique. Specific themes addressed by readings and discussions include the styles of critique, the affect of critique, aesthetic judgments, the limits of critical knowledge, and the future of critique. Writers include: René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Theodor Adorno, Clement Greenberg, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jacques Rancière, Sianne Nqai, David Foster Wallace, bell hooks, Lorraine Daston, Bruno Latour, Rita Felski, Patricia Hill Collins, Susan Sontag, and others. [Track C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:47am 7/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020