Modern Critical Theory Public Lectures



Once again the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will be offering semi-formal public lectures for graduate students on the history of critical theory. These lectures, each of which will be followed by open discussion, will take place from 7:30-9:00 pm in Gregory Hall during the first eleven Tuesdays of the fall semester. The first lecture will take place on August 30 in Gregory 100; all future lectures will take place in Gregory 223. The lectures are open to all interested graduate students. For more information, contact Michael Rothberg ( or check the Unit for Criticism website:

 Background readings for the lectures will be available on e-reserves under English 581/Rothberg (except in the case of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals and Foucault’s History of Sexuality, which interested students should obtain themselves).




August 30: Kant: Jennifer K. Uleman (Philosophy, SUNY Purchase) [Gregory 100]


September 6: Hegel: William Schroeder (Philosophy)

 September 13: Marx and Marxism: Jim Hansen (English)

September 20: Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals: Melissa Orlie (Political Science)

September 27: Structuralism: Andrea Goulet (French)

October 4: Freud: Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic/Comp Lit)

Recommended Reading:

October 11: Lacan and Kristeva: Nancy Blake (Comp Lit)

October 18: Foucault: Matti Bunzl (Anthropology)

October 25: Derrida: Jane Gallop (English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

November 1: Cultural Studies: Williams, Hall, etc.: Cary Nelson (English): Readings TBA

November 8: Queer Theory: Stephanie Foote (English)

November 15: Postcolonial Theory: Jed Esty (English)