Experimental Critical Theory Program at UCLA (Chien-heng Wu)

Experimental Critical Theory Program at UCLA

Chien-heng Wu

Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


I want to thank Comparative Literature Association for inviting me to offer some observations on the state of affairs for theoretical studies at UCLA’s Comparative Literature Department and say a few words on the way through which I keep in touch with intellectual communities. My discussion is organized into two sections. First, I discuss Experimental Critical Theory Program (ECT) at UCLA. This section offers a cursory look at the program’s theoretical orientation, its ongoing modifications, the success it enjoyed and the practical constraints it encountered. In a good comparative spirit, I also draw on Prof. Ioana Luca’s discussion of The School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University (see the Dec. 2012 newsletter) and highlight, via comparison, ‧‧‧ read more ...