Course Schedule and Calendar of Assignments:
Week 1 / Introduction: What is Postmodernism?
Selections from: Introduction, "Reading the Postmodern
Reader" in PMR
from Ch 1 / "The Time of the Posts" in PMT
Images/Texts: Barbara Kruger, photographs; Mark Tansey, paintings
Unit 1 Images Online: Kruger / Tansey
Week 2 / Articulating the Postmodern
Readings: Readings: Stuart Sim, "Postmodernism and Philosophy"
Thomas Kuhn, from "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
Jean-Francois Lyotard, from "The Postmodern Condition in PMR
Week 3 / Knowledge, Power and Postmodernism
Althusser, "Marxism and Humanism" Ch 6 in PH
Barthes, "The Great Family of Man" Ch 2 in PH
Foucault, "The Order of Things: An Archeology of the Human Sciences"
Ch 5 in PH Linda Hutcheon, "Beginning to Theorize Postmodernism"
Ch 2 / "Paths to the Postmodern: Kierkegaard, Marx and Nietzsche"
Week 4 / Poststructuralism & Deconstruction
Readings: L. Spencer "Postmodernism, Modernity & the Tradition
of Dissent" in RCtP Gunkel, Gunkel, D. "Deconstruction for Dummies"
(Appendix in HC)
Derrida, "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human
Sciences" in PMR
Week 5 / Poststructuralism & Deconstruction
Readings: Derrida, continued
Colin Trodd, "Postmodernism and Art" in RCTP
from Ch 4 / "Postmodernism and the Arts in PMT pp. 164 - 189
Video Excerpt: "Derrida Interview"
Unit 5 Supplemental Art Images Online
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Art
Week 6 / Simulation and Simulacra
Readings: Jean Baudrillard, "The Precession of Simulacra"
Gunkel, "Veritatum Imitari: Virtual Reality and the Deconstruction
of the Image"
Ch 3 in HC Diane Morgan, "Postmodernism and Architecture"
from Ch 4 / "Postmodernism and the Arts in PMT pp. 138 - 164
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Architecture
Week 7 / Simulation and Simulacra
Readings: Ch 3 / "From the Society of the Spectacle to the Realm
of Simulation" PMT
Derek B. Scott, "Postmodernism and Music" in RCTP
Guest Lecture: Baudrillard and Audio Culture, David
Prof. of Communication, Northern Illinois University
Week 8 / Postmodern Poetics
Readings: Charles Bernstein, "The
Second War and Postmodern Memory" Postmodern Culture. January
1991. (Online: http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/pmc/text-only/issue.191/bernstei.191)
Barry Lewis, "Postmodernism and Fiction" in RCTP
from Ch 4 / "Postmodernism and the Arts in PMT pp. 124 - 138
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Literature
Week 9 / What is Posthumanism?
Readings: Badmington, "Approaching Posthumanism" Ch 1 in PH
Pamela Sue Anderson, "Postmodernism and Religion" in RCTP
Supplemental Rdg: "The Sacred in the City: Polonian Street Processions
as Countercultural Practice" Ann Hetzel Gunkel (Polish American
Studies. Vol. LX, No. 2 Autumn 2003)(handout)
Video Excerpt: "STNG: Measure of a Man"
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Theology
Week 10 / Cyborgs and the Posthuman
Readings: Gunkel "Ecce Cyborg: The Subject of Communication"
Ch 6 in HC
Mark Poster, "Postmodern
Val Hill, "Postmodernism and Cinema" in RCTP
Video Excerpts: "Star Trek Next Generation: Best of Both
Worlds" / "Battelstar Galactica" (Opening Segment/ Season1
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Film/Video
Week 11 / Posthumanism: Monstrostity and Postmodernity
Readings: Halberstam, "Skinflick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan
Demme's The Silence of the Lambs" CH 9 in PH
Ch 5 / "Entropy, Chaos, and Organism in Postmodern Science"
Iain Hamilton Grant, "Postmodernism and science and technology"
Supplemental Reading: David J. Gunkel, "Scary Monsters." International
Studies in Philosophy 29(2). 1997, pp. 23-46. http://www.gunkelweb.com/writing.html
(Click ARTICLES & ESSAYS; Scroll to the PDF File)
Film Excerpt: Silence of the Lambs; Film Excerpt:
Frankenstein; Television Excerpt: The Elegant Universe
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Science
Week 12 / Postmodernism and Feminism
Readings: Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto" CH 10 in PH
Rabinowitz, "Soft Fictions & Intimate Documents: Can Feminism
be Posthuman?" Ch 8 in PH
Sue Thornham, "Postmodernism and Feminism" in RCTP
Video Excerpts: "Donna Haraway reads from the National
Geographic;" Video Excerpt: "Interview with Trinh T. Minh-Ha;"
Excerpt from Reassemblage by Trinh T. Minh-Ha
Student Case Study Presentation: Postmodern Music / Composition
Week 13 / Postmodern Bodies
Readings: Lyotard, "Can Thought Go on without a Body" Ch 14
Gunkel, "Corpus Amittere: Cyberspace and the Body" Ch 5 in
Bukatman, "Postcards from the Posthuman Solar System, " CH
12 in PH
John Storey, "Postmodernism and Popular Culture" in RCtP
Multimedia Excerpt: Bruce Sterling / "Bruce
Sterling ueber Science-Fiction und Gruene-Fundis" at elektrische
Multimedia Excerpt: "William
Gibson: That Post-Geographical Feeling" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNs9iznzOj8&eurl=
Video Excerpt: "Robert Sterling: Guerilla warfare in the
information age" Guerilla News Network
Week 14 / Final Examination due at Class meeting
Weekly Class Meeting Agenda
The typical weekly seminar meeting will be structured with
the following agenda:
I. Class Business
II. Reading Analysis, Part One
III. Reading Analysis, Part Two
IV. Screening Analysis (when applicable)
V. Student Case Study Presentation