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Spring 2018-2019
ENG 572 / LAS 500   No Pass/D/Fail

Introduction to Critical Theory - Minoritarian Aesthetics: Theory, Art, and Literature

Christina A. Leon

This seminar utilizes our museum's holdings to complement theoretical and literary texts that speak to the problem and promise of difference in our moment. We consider how political and historical crises can heighten attention to the aesthetic by revisiting thinkers like Benjamin and Adorno. Moving from the proletariat of the Frankfurt school, we encounter theories by contemporary scholars such as Sianne Ngai and Fred Moten that focus on the minor/minority/minoritarian as a contemporary correlate--looking to how difference has been managed and how aesthetics may push the bounds of such domestications of difference.

Sample reading list:
Tommy Pico, Nature Poem
Dolores Dorantes, Style/Estilo
Justin Torres, We the Animals
Saifiya Sinclair, Cannibal
See instructor for complete list

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Course readings will be a selection of short literary pieces, alongside various theoretical writings. Many classes will be fully or partially held in the art museum's study rooms and galleries, allowing us to think through questions of representation in visual, performative, and literary forms.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41682 S01 09:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T        Enrolled:0 Limit:12