Reading Group for Critical Theory and Literature

If you would like to deepen your engagement with the critical theory you will encounter this semester, you might consider joining this group. Their first meeting of the Spring semester will be held sometime in the next few weeks, and the first reading of the semester is the opening chapter of Adorno and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, “The Concept of Enlightenment”. See the description below for more information about the group. If you are interested in joining the reading group or have questions about it, contact one of the group members; their contact information is on the flier I uploaded to CatCourses.adorno-trading-card

The Undergraduate Reading Group for Critical Theory and Literature is a fellowship of students interested in expanding their understanding of critical theory in the humanities as a relaxed, peer-based intellectual community, and is looking to gather interested participants to expand its presence on the University of California, Merced campus.

By gathering and discussing theoretical material on a regular though not over-burdensome basis (conscious of the academic workload each semester demands and in hopes of supplementing it), the purpose and goals of the group are as follows:

  • To provide a forum for conscientious and passionate students interested in literature and critical theory
  • To expand our knowledge of critical theory in relation to literature and the wider realm of the humanities
  • To read, understand, and debate core theoretical texts and perspectives whose implications undergird the assumptions of humanist disciplines
  • To establish an intellectual community on campus where we can meet to discuss academic issues in a relaxed, intimate, and respectful environment
  • To cultivate background and specific knowledge whose relevance continues beyond and contributes to regular coursework
  • To supplement the scholarly work with which students are already engaged and open up new pathways and perspectives for learning

The Undergraduate Reading Group for Critical Theory and Literature is open to and encourages the participation of any University of California, Merced undergraduates interested in reading about, understanding, and discussing critical theory, and is especially suited to those pursuing a major in the humanities and/or harbor curiosity for its wider relevance.



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