Marxist pedagogy

Debordagoria phantasmagorias at
Tue Apr 10 15:57:12 MDT 2001

Gary, I would love to read your lectures and to find
out anything else (sources, teaching strategies, etc)
you would care to tell me about teaching
(or anyone) to analyze media texts critically.

--- Gary MacLennan <g.maclennan at> wrote:
> One of the advantages of being at the bottom of the
> academic pecking order
> is that one gets to teach huge classes of first
> years.`I tell you comrades
> I have spoken to many, very many, smaller rallies
> and meetings.
>   In one such group of 200+ I take a class in Media
> Text Analysis.  We
> concentrate on providing intellectual schemata to
> facilitate critical
> thinking.  This includes Leavis, psycholanalysis,
> structuralism.  There are
> also three weeks on Marxism.  (I will post my
> lecture notes if there is any
> particular interest).
> However I am finding something like a bit more
> resistance from the students
> to the Marxist section.  That has to do with their
> social composition which
> is increasingly petty-bourgeois.  However another
> factor I think is that
> paradoxically as the system becomes even more
> obviously a failure, there is
> a tendency to cling all the more to it.  For me as
> an old existentialist
> that is the moment when the slave realises in fear
> and trembling that the
> master must be replaced and she or he must liberate
> themselves.
> The point with the Marxist lectures is that they
> pose political questions
> directly, and in a time of economic downturn and
> uncertainty there is
> a  particular relevance to Marxism.
> Generally it was the lectures on Freud and
> psychoanalysis that managed to
> disturb the equanimity of the students because
> sexuality etc is after all a
> very personal thing.  However it seems that the
> Marxism lectures have
> reached that standard.
> regards
> Gary

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