Discourse theory and literature
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Module:
Module: Literature in context
Course code: 78
Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours
Course type: elective
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.