LICRITC L85 | AY 2016-17 | Undergraduate
Mondays and Wednesdays | 9:15 to 10:45 AM | A1604
Department of Literature, De La Salle University Philippines – Manila
Instructor: Dr. Carlos M. Piocos III
The course introduces students to the work of literary criticism by examining its foundational theories and approaches. Some of the theoretical models covered in this course include Marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism as critical approaches in reading poetry and narrative forms, as well as stage and screen forms. Standard guides and introductions to theoretical works of Karl Marx, Raymond Williams, Pierre Bourdieu, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Helene Cixious, Luce Irigaray, Susan Sontag, Judith Butler, Edward Said, Homi Bhaba, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and others will be read during the course of the semester. These theoretical texts will be supplemented by select literary, visual and hypermedia texts which illuminate particular concepts and approaches to literary criticism.
(Click on the modules to download)
1. Module 1: Marxism
2. Module 2: Psychoanalysis
3. Module 3: Deconstruction
4. Module 4: Feminism
5. Module 5: Queer Theory
6. Module 6: Postcolonialism
Other materials are found in Dino Franco Felluga’s website, Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Go to the specific pages of the website in the course schedule to access online materials
|Date||Topic, Readings and Requirements|
|Sep 11||Course Introduction and Orientation|
Lecture 1: Value
Lecture 2: Taste
Submission of Critical Summaries 1: soft copy via Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class
Lecture 3: The Unconscious
Lecture 4: Desire
Lecture 5: The Uncanny
Submission of Critical Summaries 2: soft copy Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class
Lecture 6: Truth
|Lecture 7: Choices
Concepts: Deconstruction, difference, trace, binary opposition, logocentrism, aporia
Submission of Critical Summaries 3: soft copy via Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class
Lecture 8: Sex
|Lecture 9: Body
Concepts: Ecriture FeminineRequired Reading/s:
1. Fiona Tolan, “Feminisms,” Literary Theory Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide, edited by Patricia Waugh, pp.319-338.
2. Gloria Naylor’s “The Two”
Submission of Critical Summaries 4: soft copy via Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class
Queer Theory I
|Lecture 10: Queer
Concepts: LGBT, Queer, Gender Performativity
Queer Theory II
|Lecture 11: Play
Concepts: Queer, LGBT, Drag BallsRequired Reading:
1. Susan Sontag’s “Notes on Camp”
2. Marlon Bailey, “Gender/Racial Realness: Theorizing the Gender System in Ballroom Culture”. Feminist Studies 37:2, pp. 365-386.
3. Film: Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning (1990): Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hedJer7I1vI
Submission of Critical Summaries 5: soft copy via Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class
Lecture 12: Power
|Lecture 13: Image
Concepts: Mimicry, Hybridity, SubalternRequired Readings:
1. Excerpts from Ania Loomba’s Colonialism/Postcolonialism, pp. 171-180, 229-236.
2. Poem: Luisa Igloria’s “A Secret Language”
Submission of Critical Summaries 6: soft copy Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class
|Oct 30||Continuation of Lectures|
|Nov 3||Submission of Teaching Modules: soft copy via Turnitin, hard copy to be submitted in class the next meeting|
|Nov 6||Teaching Demonstration 1: Ideology
Teaching Demonstration 2: Commodity Fetishism
Teaching Demonstration 3: Alienation
|Nov 8||Teaching Demonstration 4: Class
Teaching Demonstration 5: Culture
Teaching Demonstration 6: Taste
|Nov 13||Teaching Demonstration 7: Id, Ego and Super-ego
Teaching Demonstration 8: Repression
Teaching Demonstration 9: Neuroses
|Nov 15||Teaching Demonstration 10: Oedipal Complex
Teaching Demonstration 11: Desire
Teaching Demonstration 12: Gaze
|Nov 20||Teaching Demonstration 13: The uncanny
Teaching Demonstration 14: Trauma
Teaching Demonstration 15: Abject
|Nov 22||Teaching Demonstration 16: Binary opposition
Teaching Demonstration 17: Logocentrism
Teaching Demonstration 18: Deconstruction
|Nov 27||Teaching Demonstration 19: Difference
Teaching Demonstration 20: Trace
Teaching Demonstration 21: Essentialism vs. Constructionism
|Nov 29||Teaching Demonstration 22: Sexual Difference
Teaching Demonstration 23: Ecriture Feminine
Teaching Demonstration 24: Queer
|Dec 4||Teaching Demonstration 25: Gender Performativity
Teaching Demonstration 26: Colonialism
Teaching Demonstration 27: Orientalism
|Dec 6||Teaching Demonstration 28: Hybridity
Teaching Demonstration 29: Mimicry
Teaching Demonstration 30: Subaltern
|Dec 8||Continuation of Teaching Demonstrations|
|Dec 11||Finals Week (Grade Consultation)|
|Dec 13||Finals Week (Grade Consultation)|
Attendance and Class Participation 20%
Critical Summaries 30%
Teaching Module 15%
Teaching Demonstration 15%
Please note that the course follows the DLSU Grading system. The conversion is as follows:
97 to 100 = 4.0
93 to 96 = 3.5
89 to 92 = 3.0
85 to 88 = 2.5
80 to 84 = 2.0
75 to 79 = 1.5
70 to 74 = 1.0
70 and below = 0.0
Please note that the course instructor is aware of your major’s grade requirement of 2.0. This only means that you need to get a final grade of 80 or above to ensure that you will not repeat the course. Please note that the course instructor will not give any concessions to this grade ruling, that means that you need to get 80% or more in all of the class requirements.
Attendance and Participation
You are required to attend all class sessions and participate fully in class discussions. (If you miss a class due to illness or other emergency, please be certain to obtain notes from a fellow classmate and check in with the instructor with any questions you may have.) You must be prepared to discuss the REQUIRED readings on the day indicated on the syllabus. All required readings are available in the website. Online materials need to be printed (see house rules on the use of gadgets). Attendance and class participation comprise 20% of your final grade.
You will be given ONE point for each of your attendance in class. This point will be reduced when you come in late in class (after the initial roll call). Students who have perfect score for attendance will be given FOUR incentive points added to the total of their final grade (which is equivalent to a .5 bump in their grades). Excused absences will not be given any point and does not qualify a student for the perfect attendance incentive.
Depending on the insight of your recitation, you are going to be given ONE to THREE points each time you contribute to class discussions. A recitation that critically interprets and interrogates ideas from our required readings and films, citing particular passages and pages from a text, is highly valued.
We will start some of our meetings with a quiz. You will have a total of eight (8) objective short quizzes, ranging from 10 to 20 items each. These quizzes are meant to test if you have read the required readings before coming in the class. All the quizzes are scheduled and we will hold it at the start of every meeting. Your quizzes is 20% of your final grade.
You are required to submit six critical summaries at the end of every module (Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, Feminism, Queer Theory and Postcolonialism). You need to write a 500-word synthesis and explanation of at least one concept using all the required readings in each of the modules. In your critical summary, you also need to apply this concept by critically analyzing one assigned literary concept in this particular module. Your critical summaries should demonstrate how you synthesize and interpret your chosen texts by culling out the main ideas and arguments of an essay or literary texts. You need to cite properly (MLA format) and you will submit the soft copy on Turnitin while the hard copy will be collected in class. Each submission is 5% of your final grade, for a total of 30%. See attached rubrics for evaluating critical summaries.
You are required to come up with a teaching module for this class. This is an individual task. A teaching module is a teacher’s guide for a 30-minute lecture and class discussion for a high school or a senior high school class on Literary Criticism. For this particular class, the teaching module should be about one critical concept discussed in class, which will be assigned at the start of the term. In your teaching plan, you need to be able to explain this concept and apply it in analyzing a literary text. The literary text should come from any of the available textbooks or used in English or Filipino subjects at the level of High School or Senior High School classes. You will need to write a short lecture about the critical concept, come up with guide questions that would apply this critical concept unto a reading and analysis of a chosen literary text, and other in-classroom activities. Models of a teaching module will be provided to help you write your own teaching module. This is 15% of your final grade. See attached rubrics for evaluating teaching modules.
Now that you have a teaching module (teacher’s guide), you will have to execute your module into a 30-minute teaching demonstration. Your teaching demonstration should simulate what you have set out to do based on your teaching module. Your performance in your teaching demo comprises 15% of your grade. See attached rubrics for evaluating teaching demonstration/presentation.
You are required to attend all class sessions, come to class on time and actively participate in discussions. You must come to class prepared (seeing that quizzes are conducted right at the start of the meeting, 9:15 AM sharp), bringing the assigned readings at hand on the day as indicated in the course syllabus. You must be ready to talk about the class material/s and engage with the instructor and classmates. You are only allowed 5 unexcused absences. You will automatically be given 0.0 for your grade if you got 6 unexcused absences. Excused absences are not given points for attendance (obviously!), and it only gives you privileged to make up for the graded activities that you missed and being excused for.
Once the instructor calls the class into order, you should put away your gadgets immediately. You CANNOT use your gadgets inside the classroom. Any number of things will happen to your gadget/s (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) once the instructor sees it during class session: 1.) it will be confiscated; 2.) the instructor can read and share to the whole class what he can find on your gadget/s; 3.) the instructor can use your gadget in front of the class (explore your social media, respond to the messages you are receiving, etc.; 4.) it will be delivered to Student Disciplinary Transformation Office (SDTO) which you can claim by 5pm on the day.
Take note that all written outputs are submitted on Turnitin. This shows how much your instructor demands intellectual rigor and originality for you as English majors. Plagiarism is a serious offence in this course and at the University. Presenting ideas, words and works of another person/s as if it is one’s own or presenting them without observing proper citation constitutes plagiarism. Any student who commits such act is liable to disciplinary action: automatic 0.0 in this course and/or a case at SDTO.
This course follows the MLA guideline in documenting sources in all the writing requirements. For information, consult the website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
You must complete ALL requirements to pass this course. This means that you need to garner 70% of all the requirements in the course (attendance and class participation, quizzes, critical summaries, teaching module and teaching demo). Late submission of any of these requirements will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances, and is subject to deduction in marking. If you have a good reason to request for an extension, you must email the instructor a week in advance
Consultation Hours: You may visit the instructor at Department of Literature, 3F Faculty Center, on his consultation hours: 1 to 5 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. Email the instructor one day before to ensure the schedule of appointment.
Please note: This syllabus is subject to change. Note any alterations made by the instructor immediately.