Today I discussed three concepts - literature, theory and criticism.
I have not yet critically engaged with your explanations of these concepts. I must say it was a stimulating class for me, despite the fact that some of you said you were lost and some wondered at this pace whether we would complete our syllabus. All reactions are welcome and encouraging.
Some of the additional questions that emerged were the difference between theory and conjuncture; Do assumptions make theory or assumptions backed by facts do? Going back to radical doubt.
We also engaged with the words like creativity and imagination.
The discussion also steered towards philosophy of science and Karl Popper’s notion of science.
Some names dropped were: Raymond Williams, Jean Baudrillard, Descartes, Kant, Derrida, Plato.
Other concepts that were dropped: Postmodernism, post structuralism, structuralism, cultural studies. hyperreality, postmodernism
Please do comment on what made you ‘get lost’. Was it information overload or complete lack of exposure to theoretical terrain? Feel free to share all your views. By the way look forward to my next class which will be differently conducted. After which I want you do a comparative study of both the classes.
Have a nice time till you see me again.