COURSE DESCRIPTION

Discourse theory and literature


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Module:
Literature in Context

Module: Literature in context

Course code: 78


Course principal:
Assist. Prof. Jernej Habjan, Ph.D.

ECTS: 6

Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: Slovenian

Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar

Objectives and competences

Students are acquainted with the general features of discourse theory and, within this framework, primarily with speech act theory and its reception in modern continental philosophy and literary theory. Based on this, they develop skills in discourse analysis, literary interpretation, and critical reflection on performative practices.

 

Prerequisites

None.

 

Content (syllabus outline)

This course deals with the conceptions of literature in discourse theories, in which the role of literature in speech act theories from John L. Austin via Jacques Derrida to Judith Butler is at the forefront. It outlines the process leading from Austin’s constitutive exclusion of aesthetic statements from the multitude of speech acts to Judith Butler’s substantiation of speech acts based precisely on aesthetic statements. Literature thus proves to be a discourse that is painfully banished by Austin’s nomothetic, critical science of the performative on the one hand and that is just as painfully glorified by the idiographic and topic expert knowledge of Judith Butler on the other. This literature-committed continental reception of Austin’s analytical philosophy serves as the basis for presenting modern literary-studies treatments of literature as a discourse.

 

Reading list

  • Austin, John L. Kako napravimo kaj z besedami. Transl. Bogdan Lešnik. Ljubljana: ŠKUC and ZIFF, 1990.
  • Butler, Judith. O lingvistični ranljivosti. Transl. Peter Klepec. Problemi 51.9–10 (2011): 5–53.
  • Cavell, Stanley. Kaj je Derrida hotel od Austina? Transl. Jernej Habjan. Problemi 49.5–6 (2011): 137–159.
  • Derrida, Jacques. Signatura dogodek kontekst. Transl. Simona Perpar and Uroš Grilc. Sodobna literarna teorija. Ed. Aleš Pogačnik. Ljubljana: Krtina, 1995. 119–141.
  • Gorman, David. The Use and Abuse of Speech-Act Theory in Criticism. Poetics Today 20.1 (1999): 93–119.
  • Habjan, Jernej. Literatura med dekonstrukcijo in teorijo. Ljubljana: Založba /*cf., 2014.
  • Juvan, Marko. Literarna veda v rekonstrukciji. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura, 2006. [29–54.]
  • Koron, Alenka. Teorija/teorije diskurza in literarna veda (1. del). Primerjalna književnost 27.2 (2004): 97–117.
  • Miller, J. Hillis. Performativity as Performance / Performativity as Speech Act. South Atlantic Quarterly 106.2 (2007): 219–235.
  • Močnik, Rastko. Didaktičen načrt. Transl. Janko Zlodre. Problemi–Razprave 24.4–5 (1986): 72–83.

 

Assessment

  • Active participation in lectures and seminars.
  • Students must write a term paper in order to take the exam.
  • Students then take an oral exam on all of the material covered in the course.

MODULE GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES

Discourse theory and literature ǀ

Assist. Prof. Jernej Habjan, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

European literatures and nationalisms ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Marijan Dović, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

History of books and censorship ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Marijan Dović, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Life writing: autobiography, biography, memoirs, diaries, and letters ǀ

Assist. Prof. Alenka Koron, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Literary geography ǀ

Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6

Literature and the visual arts ǀ

Assist. Prof. Luka Vidmar, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Modernism and the avant-garde ǀ

Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6

Narratology ǀ

Assist. Prof. Alenka Koron, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Sociology of the (Slovenian) literary institution ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Marijan Dović, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Textology and digital humanities ǀ

Assist. Prof. Matija Ogrin, Ph.D,

ECTS: 6

World systems and Slovenian literary discourse ǀ

Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6