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Critical Theory: An Approach (12 points)


Leader: Andrew Benjamin

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will provide a detailed exploration of the internal logic of a particular approach or a set of related problems in contemporary critical theory. Negativity has been a durable theme of modern thought and writing, and in recent years it has become of considerable structural interest. The notion is variously defined, ususally with reference to one or more of philosophy, psychoanalysis and theology. This seminar seeks to analyse 'negativity' in the work of Franz Kafka and Maurice Blanchot, and it will do so with the help of critical theorists.

Assessment: Two essays (4500 words each): 100% each

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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