Sunday, January 7, 2007

Episode 5 - Lit Theory: Post-structuralism, Deconstruction, & Postmodernism

litGEEK is back after an unplanned hiatus! Happy New Year!

Today's episode features Post-structuralism, Deconstruction, and Postmodernism, Dr. Dino Felluga's Introductory Guide to Literary Theory and music from Martin Ekman and Matt Pond PA.

While these podcasts are not comprehensive, I do go over a lot of names and terms in a pretty short period of time. Here are the names and terms included in today’s episode:

Important Critics:

Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Julia Kristeva.

Important Terms

aporia, difference, trace, ecriture, hymen and phallocentrism, and pharmakon

Featured site: Dr. Dino Felluga's Introductory Guide to Literary Theory.

Today’s featured artist, Matt Pond PA, appears courtesy of both the band and their label, Altitude Records. The featured track is Matt Pond PA's Halloween, from "Several Arrows Later." Bumper music is from Martin Ekman's Hanging On. The LitGeek theme music is Saffron Steps by Cagey House, courtesy of Podcast inspired by Vade Mecum.

Matt Pond PA - Several Arrows Later

Want to know more about Post-structuralism, Deconstruction, and Postmodernism?

Siegel, Kristi. Intro to Literary Theory.

Wikipedia. "Post-structuralism"

Wikipedia. "Deconstruction"

Wikipedia. "Postmodernism"

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DMA said...

Hi LitGEEK--
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one preparing for the LitGRE; it gets awfully lonely out here in the realm of humanities when the world is run by the ever-practical sciences. Vade Mecum's website is amazingly comprehensive, and has similarly inspired my own website that has yet to be placed on a proper server.

I want to commend you on your podcast -- great idea. It serves as a very nice "refresher". I was wondering if you intend on using any practical examples. Slightly vague question, I know, but, for instance, on Episode 5 if you were to have a few examples of a Post-structuralist and Deconstuctionalist reading the definitions of the terms would be that much more effective. I suppose Postmodernism is more elusive and all-encompassing, but to perhaps read a few excerpts from a Postmodernist text and placing it against an excerpt from a Modernist text, the differences would be that much more memorable.

Regardless though, quite a good podcast. Keep it up, and I assure you I'll be listening.

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