English Graduate Society Reading Groups 2015

The English Graduate Society has a number of reading groups which meet throughout the year in the Humanities Institute. Details are:

EGS Modern Theory Reading Group

Venue: Humanities Institute, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays 15.30 – 17.00
Contact: john.greaney.1@ucdconnect.ie

This reading group will read a range of writing that that has either recently emerged or reemerged as important in the wider domain of critical theory/literary criticism. We will discuss key sections from each of the chosen texts and discuss their contribution/importance/relevance to the fields which they traverse. In doing so, our aim is to enhance our understanding of the dynamics of contemporary criticism.

The curriculum will be as follows:
Thursday, November 19th: Jason Moore, "From Object to Oikeios"
Thursday, December 17th: Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination
Wednesday, January 27th: Frederic Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism
Wednesday, February 24th: Jacques Rancière, Aisthesis
Wednesday, March 30th: Jacques Lacan, Ecrits
Wednesday, April 27th: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
Wednesday, May 25th: Baruch Spinoza, Ethics

EGS Fin de Siècle Reading Group

Venue: Humanities Institute, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Time: Wednesdays 15.00-16.30
Contact: leanne.waters@ucdconnect.ie

The focus of this reading group is to consider how the end of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth were experienced culturally and theoretically, and how this apparent age of crisis and catastrophe expressed itself in the literature of the time. We will cover issues that came to define the fin de siècle such as the decadence movement, degeneration theories, changing moral and religious values, the emergence of the ‘New Woman’, the evolving scientific landscape, as well as the subjectivism, ennui and cynicism attached to turn-of-the-century bourgeois society. In doing so, we hope to form a greater understanding of the broader ideological shifts that came about in relation to the idea of the 'end', as well as how the constrictions of a dogmatic Victorian society began to rupture.

The curriculum will be as follows:
Wednesday, November 25th: Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future: Chapters 2, 3 and 5
Wednesday, December 16th: Oscar Wilde, "The Soul of Man Under Socialism"
Wednesday, January 20th: Max Nordau, Degeneration: Book 3 (Chapters 1 and 3), Book 5 (Chapter 1)
Wednesday, February 17th: Sarah Grand, "The New Aspect of the Woman Question"
Wednesday, March 23rd: Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams: Chapter 7
Wednesday, April 20th: Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life"
Wednesday, May 18th: Georges Sorel, Reflections on Violence: Chapters 2 & 6

A PDF version of the above schedule is available here.