HUM 599: Critique and Its Discontents
Professors D. Graham Burnett (History of Science) and Jeff Dolven (English)
Criticism is preoccupied with what is behind the curtain or inside the box: we are a generation of unmaskers, whose task is to protect ourselves from naive belief, delusion, and enchantment. This course will ponder the project of critique and its history, but we will take an equal interest in alternatives, including imitation and forgery; appreciation and praise; observation and description; repetition, performance, memorization, meditation, consumption, even ingestion. We will read a variety of theorists, consider specific works of art, and experiment with the non-critical modes we consider.