What is a body? Illustrate your answer with reference to two approaches
Gilroy, P. 2004 ‘Melancholia’ in After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture? London: Routledge
Mignolo, W. (2011) ‘Introduction: Coloniality | The Darker Side of Western Modernity’ in The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options pp1-24
Davis, L. J. 1995 Pp 23-72 from Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body
Said, E. ‘Introduction’ Orientalism
Hall, S. 1996 ‘Introduction: Who needs identity? Questions of Cultural Identity
Sexuality Autumn Term 2021-22
UPDATED Essay Questions
1. Critically examine the relevance of Freudian psychoanalysis to the study of sexuality in the contemporary moment.
Explore some of Freud’s writings on sexuality. Read as much or as little as you feel inclined, perhaps choosing a shorter essay (e.g. ‘Female Sexuality’) to read in its entirety or read a selection of sections from the much longer ‘Three Essays’.
Freud, S. (1905) ‘Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality’. In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VII
Freud, S. (1931) ‘Female Sexuality’. In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Volume VII
Freud, S. (1933) ‘Femininity’. In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXII.
Links to additional readings here:
Bailly, L. (2009) ‘Chapter 9: Gender Bending: The Formula of “Sexuation”’. In Lacan. Oxford: Oneworld, pp.146-152
Hsieh, L. (2012) ‘A Queer Sex, or, Can Psychoanalysis and Feminism Have Sex Without the Phallus?’ In Feminist Review 102(1): 97-115.
Irigaray, L. (1994) ‘The Poverty of Psychoanalysis’. In M. Whitford (ed.) The Irigaray Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, pp: 79-104
Pollock, G. (2008) ‘The visual poetics of shame: a feminist reading of Freud’s
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905)’. In Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture. Hove: Routledge, pp. 109-128
The following websites may also be of use:
SOCIAL THEORY ESSAY QUESTIONS
How does Marx understand the emergence of class-based inequality under conditions of modernity? How important is his theory for understanding social inequality in contemporary society?
– Tucker (ed.) Marx and Engels Reader, Norton & Company, 1978. “Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts ”)
-Patricia Hills Collins, Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory. Duke UP, 2019. (Introduction).
Marx, Karl (1990). Capital, vol 1. London: Penguin, Chapter 1: The Commodity (pp. 125-177).
1. What does Winnicott bring to our understanding of hate?
Donald Woods Winnicott (1960) ‘The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship’. In The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol.41, pp.585-595. Reprinted in: The Maturational Process and the Facilitating Environment. London: Hogarth Press, pp.37-55.
Kathleen Pogue White (2002), Surviving hating and being hated. In Contemporary Psychoanalysis vol.38(2) pp.401-422 [WARNING: Strong language.]
Donald Woods Winnicott (1949) ‘Hate in the Counter-Transference’. In The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol.30, issue 2, pp.69-74. Reprinted in: Collected Papers. Through Paediatrics to Psychoanalysis. London: Tavistock Publications.
How does Gramsci’s theory of hegemony help us to understand power? Explain your answer with reference to examples.
Spivak, G. C. (1993) ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ in Williams, P. and Chrisman, L. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory, New York: Columbia University Press, New York. pp. 66-111.
Guha, R. (2000) ‘On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India’, in Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial, Chaturvedi, V. (Ed), London and New York: Verso. Also freely available here.
Guha, R. (1999) The Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India, Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Williams, R. (1977) Hegemony, Marxism and Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 108-113.
Hall, S. (1990) ‘Gramsci and Us’ in Hall, S. The Hard Road to Renewal: Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left Verso, London pp. 161-173. Republished on the Verso website, February 2017.
Gramsci, A. (2003) Selections from the Prison Notebooks, London: Lawrence and Wishart. See also, the Antonio Gramsci archive
Green, M. (2002) ‘Gramsci Cannot Speak: Presentations and Interpretations of Gramsci’s Concept of the Subaltern’, Rethinking Marxism Vol.14(3):1-25.
Discuss the relevance of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex for understanding gender power relations today.
de Beauvoir, S. (1949) The Second Sex, Chapter 10, ‘Woman’s Situation and Character’, London: Vintage Books. Access to the complete text is available here.
Moi, T. (2009) Simone de Beauvoir The Making of an Intellectual Woman, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Moi, T. (2005) Sex, Gender and the Body: The Student Edition of “What Is a Woman”?, Oxford: Oxford University Press.