Lynn R Wilkinson
Associate Professor — Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 232-6370
- Office: BUR 360
- Campus Mail Code: C3300
Scandinavian and comparative literature; Scandinavian drama and film; modernism; the novel and narrative traditions; gender studies; literary and cultural theory
Affiliated Research/Academic Units
WGS 393 • Writers/Int: Theor/Practices
TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.104
(also listed as
C L 382 )
CL 382: Writers and Intellectuals: Theories and Practices
Lynn R. Wilkinson
Meets TTh 3:30-5 in Mezes 1.104
What is an intellectual? This course will begin by exploring a variety of critical perspectives on intellectuals before moving on to four clusters of texts related to particularly important moments in the history of intellectuals in the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries. We will then turn to case studies based on the interests and research projects of the members of the class. These projects may take many forms: for example, they may consider one or two writers whose work combines traditional genres with publications or other activities that engage political or social issues; they may investigate one or two theories or theorists of intellectuals: they may look at the role of journals in fostering the work of such writers; or they may focus on biographies or autobiographies as genres that help us to understand the particular nature of intellectuals and what they do. The assigned readings for the first half of the class focus on western texts published during the past 125 years. But I welcome projects on earlier writers and writers from non-western countries and traditions. And I am particularly interested in questions of gender: women often do intellectual work, but seldom figure in histories or theoretical considerations of intellectuals.
ASSIGNMENTS: one class presentation during the first half of the class (10%); one five-page paper (15%); an abstract of the research project (5%); one class presentation on the research project (10%); a final research paper (50%); class participation (10%)
Pierre Bourdieu: The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field.
Karl Mannheim: Ideology and Utopia: An Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge.
Antonio Gramsci: Selections from The Prison Notebooks.
Paolo Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Russell Jacoby: The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe
Toril Moi: Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman
The Dreyfus Affair
Émile Zola: The Dreyfus Affair: J’Accuse and Other Writings.
Sigmund Freud: “An Autobiographical Study”
Henrik Ibsen: An Enemy of the People.
Jean Paul Sartre: “What Is Literature?” Baudelaire
Simone de Beauvoir: The Mandarins
Raymond Aron: The Opium of the Intellectuals
Neil Jumonville. Critical Crossings: The New York Intellectuals in Postwar America.
Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem; Men in Dark Times.
Edith Kurzweil, ed.: Writers and Politics: A Partisan Review Reader”; Full Circle: A Memoir
The Theorist as Intellectual
Michel Foucault: “What Is an Author?” Discipline and Punish
Pierre Bourdieu: Sketch for a Self-Analysis
Julia Kristeva: The Samurai: A Novel; Selections from Feminine Genius: Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein, Colette
WGS 340 • Arendt And De Beauvoir
TTH 930am-1100am GAR 0.128
(also listed as
C L 323, E 322, EUS 347, GRC 323E )
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.
Description: Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Intellectual Women/Women as Intellectuals --What does it mean to be a woman and an intellectual? This course focuses on major works by two women who helped define the field in the mid-twentieth century, the French writer Simone de Beauvoir and the German-Jewish-American Hannah Arendt.
We will consider their works from a variety of perspectives. To what extent are the preoccupations of these women intellectuals defined by gender? Do they define the relationship or relationships between public and private in ways that differ from many male writers? How do the lives shape the works? What kind of stories do they tell?
We will also consider the different contexts of the two writers, as well as some recent perspectives on the nature and origins of “intellectuals.”
Simone de Beauvoir: She Came to Stay; The Second Sex (excerpts); The Blood of Others; Coming of Age; Mandarins; A Very Gentle Death.
Toril Moi: Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman.
Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition; Between Past and Future; On Revolution; Eichmann in Jerusalem; Men in Dark Times.
Requirements & Grading: Two three-page papers (20%), one final ten-page paper (50%), and one oral report (10%). Class participation will count 20%.
“The Chamber Plays.” Cambridge Companion to Strindberg. Ed. Michael Robinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 107-120.
“Playful Performances: Ingmar Bergman’s Bildmakarna and Film Authorship.”TijdSchrift voor Skandinavistiek 30:1 (2009): 269-304.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (2008, September) Marriage, Remarriage, and Other Language Games: Emma Gad's Ægtestand and De unge Drømme and the Comedy of Remarriage.” Orbis litterarum 63(3), 177-194.
Wilkinson, L.R. (2007) Review of Das Ich im Dialog mit dem Wir: Die Literarisierung kultureller Migration als kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der eigenen kollektiven Identität. The German Quarterly The German Quarterly 80(4), 550-551
“Gender and the Gaze in Anne Charlotte Leffler’s ‘En bal i “societeten.’” Scandinavian Studies 78(4), 429-460.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (2006, September) Anne Charlotte Leffler and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s De nygifte. TijdSchrift voor Skandinavistiek 27(1), 69-89.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (2004, December) Hannah Arendt on Isak Dinesen: Between Storytelling and Theory. Comparative Literature, 56(1), 77-98.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (2004, March) Feminism, Modernism, and the Morality Debate: Anne Charlotte Leffler's Tre komedier. Scandinavian Studies, 76(1), 47-70.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (2003, November) Sketching Modernity: Elin Améen's Träldom och Lifsmål. Scandinavica, 42(2), 209-237.
Wilkinson, L. (2003, September) Feminism, Comedy, and Theatricality in Turn-of-the-Century Copenhagen: Emma Gad's Et Sølvbryllup och Den mystiske Arv. Edda: Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning/ Scandinavian Journal of Literary Research, 4, 352-364.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (2002, September) Karin Boye. Twentieth-Century Swedish Writers Before World War II. Dictionary of Literary Biography 259. Ed. Anne Charlotte Gavel Adams. Bruccoli Clark Layman, 19-29.
Wilkinson, L. (2002, September) Ellen Key. Twentieth-Century Swedish Writers Before World War II. Dictionary of Literary Biography 259. Ed. Anne Charlotte Gavel Adams. Bruccoli Clark Layman, 83-93.
Wilkinson, Lynn R (2001, September) Gender and Melodrama in Ibsen's Lady Inger. Modern Drama, 44(2), 155-173.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1998, September) Henri Becque. French Dramatists from 1789 to 1914. Dictionary of Literary Biography 192. Ed. Barbara T. Cooper. Bruccoli Clark Layman, 12-18.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1998, September) Maurice Maeterlinck. French Dramatists from 1789 to 1914. Dictionary of Literary Biography 192. Ed. Barbara T. Cooper. Bruccoli Clark Layman,, 232-243.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1997, December) Strindberg, Peter Szondi, and the Origins of Modern (Tragic) Drama. Scandinavian Studies, 69(1), 1-28.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1996) The Dream of an Absolute Language: Emanuel Swedenborg and French Literary Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1996, September) Isak Dinesen's "Sorrow-Acre" and the Ethics of Storytelling. Edda: Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning/ Scandinavian Journal of Literary Research, 1, 33-44.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1993, September) The Politics of the Interior: Strindberg's Chamber Plays. Scandinavian Studies, 65(4), 463-486.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1992, December) The Art of Distinction: Proust and the Dreyfus Affair. MLN, 107(5), 976-999.
Wilkinson, Lynn R. (1992, March) Le cousin Pons and the Invention of Ideology. PMLA, 107(2), 274-289.
Wilkinson, L. (1989, June) Embodying the Crowd: Balzac's L'envers de l'histoire contemporaine and the Languages of Class Consciousness. Symposium, 43(2), 127-137.
Wilkinson, L. (1989, January) Gender and Class in Stendhal's Lamiel. Romanic Review, 80(1), 57-74.