ARTS 3007 - Arts Masterclass: Visiting International Academics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course will introduce students to the work of arguably the world's greatest living writer, J. M. Coetzee, Nobel laureate and Professor at the University of Adelaide. Taught by celebrated literary critic, philosopher and writer Professor Andrew Gibson, Students will have a rare opportunity to practice literary criticism as cultural intervention. This course discuss the politics of critical engagement in regard to the problematic character of contemporary global, neoliberal culture and introduce students to the concept of literary criticism as cultural intervention, its history, and its possible relevance today. Lectures will be on six main topics: J.M. Coetzee, Neoliberalism and Democratic Culture; Coetzee and Criticism as Intervention; Coetzee?s Self-Reductions; Coetzee and Impoverished Resources; Coetzee and the Refusal of Contemporary Theodicy; and Coetzee's Concept of Grace. Seminars will look closely at the following texts, in order: Agamben, Homo Sacer; Sassen, Expulsions; North, Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History; During, Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations; Coetzee, Youth, The Life and Times of Michael K, The Lives of Animals, Elizabeth Costello and The Childhood of Jesus. Workshops will be on selected chapters and passages from these books.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 3007
    Course Arts Masterclass: Visiting International Academics
    Coordinating Unit Arts Faculty Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week for 6 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Assessment Essay 1 (30%) 1500 words, Essay 2 60% 2500-3000 words, Participation 10%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Adjunct Professor Jennifer Rutherford

    This Arts Masters Course will be taught by the distinguished Joyce and Beckett scholar, Professor Andrew Gibson. Andrew is former Professor of Comparative Literature, Royal Holloway, London and adjunct Professor (JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide. Professor Gibson has lectured and taught in dozens of universities around the world, notably Northwestern University in Chicago, where in 2005 he was Carole and Gordon Segal Professor of Irish Literature, and the University of Tokyo, Japan’s premier university, where in 2002 he was Visiting Professor in English. His many books include Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in `Ulysses’ (Oxford, 2002), Badiou and Beckett: The Pathos of Intermittency (Oxford, 2006), Intermittency: The Concept of Historical Reason in Contemporary French Philosophy (Edinburgh, 2012), Misanthropy: The Critique of Humanity (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the forthcoming Modernity and the Political Fix (Bloomsbury, 2019).

    The Course will be coordinated by Professor Jennifer Rutherford, Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and Professor of Literature and Sociology at the University of Adelaide. An interdisciplinary scholar working broadly in the field of psycho-social poetics, her works explore narrative, memory and place-making, the slowness of cultures and subjects in times of great change, the way individuals and communities dwell in and through the traumas that shape them, and the role that artists and writers play as conduits for change.
    Key critical works include The Gauche Intruder: Freud, Lacan and the White Australian Fantasy (MUP), Zombies (Routledge), Ordinary People (Documentary: Film Australia) and Traverses: J.M Coetzee in the World (a mobile app). Her creative writing has appeared in journals such as The Best Australian Essays, HEAT Magazine, Meanjin and Westerly. She is currently working on a memoir, The Encyclopedia of Lost Things
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to: 
    1 Demonstrate an understanding of inter-disciplinary scholarship throgh class activities and assignments
    2 Identify, analyse and communicate the international perspectives of knowledge
    3 Critically analyse a variety of written work and/or visual texts
    4 Apply creative approaches to learning and knowledge acquisition
    5 Independently research and present a large project
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    Assessment Summary


    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Essay 1 Summative


    2000 words
    Essay 2 Summative 30/10/2019 60% 3000-3500 words 1,2,3,5
    Participation Every week 10%
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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