Theory Biscuits is a reading group with the purpose of reading foundational texts in literary theory. Previously titled “Theory Bitches,” this reading group planned to self-reflexively question and “unread” the canon of theory as a historically male-centered and male-dominated field. However, in questioning our name, we (the group coordinators) realized that the word “bitches” brought up the complexities of reclaiming and reappropriating language much in the same way that reclaiming and reappropriating theory produces its own complexities. How can we undertake a project of self-reflexivity and persistent questioning if we decide for everyone what the word meant/means/will mean? By using “biscuits” in our title, we not only endeavor to practice what we preach, but to also emphasize playfulness in this mode of interminable questioning without moving away from our goal of reading theory anew.
Theory Biscuits meets every other Friday at 11:00am in Room 805, beginning 9/23/16.