Theory and Methods of the Humanities Course Page


Theory and Methods of the Humanities

This page supports the graduate course Theory and Methods of the Humanities, at the University of Central Florida. It is taught by Bruce Janz.

  • Syllabus: HTML, pdf, Word
  • Reading Schedule, Fall 2006
  • Schedule of Position Papers, Fall 2006


  • What are the humanities?
    • Some Interpretations of the Humanities
      • A. S. P. Woodhouse, “The Nature of the Humanities”
      • Bayard Coll, “Humanities”
      • Patt Nicolet, “On the Function of the Humanities at the Present Time”
      • John Updike, “Humanities Class”
      • Humanities Major at San Francisco State University – Description
      • Richard Jewell, Experiencing the Humanities – online text
    • Overview of Theory & Methods in Humanities & Humanistic Social Science
      • T. V. Reed, “Theory and Method in American/Cultural Studies: A Bibliography”
  • The Production of Knowledge in the University and in Society
    • History of the University
    • The Liberal Arts
      • Bibliography of the Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinarity, and University Studies
    • Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity, and Post-Disciplinarity
  • The Key to Humanities Research: Questions
  • Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
    • Lyotard on Postmodernism


  • Marshall Blonsky, On Signs
    • Semiotics
  • Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, Vol. 1
    • Post-Structuralism
  • Paul Ricoeur, Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning
    • Hermeneutics


  • Nicholas Mirzoeff, Visual Culture
    • Representing the Rose


  • UCF Cultural Heritage Alliance & Folkvine
  • Mieke Bal, Travelling Concepts in the Humanites
    • Interdisciplinarity

Reading: de Zengotita, Thomas. “Common Ground: Finding Our Way Back To The Enlightenment”Harper’s, January 2003

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