GERST 3610

GERST 3610

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This course examines the stories, literary examples, and metaphors at work in elaborating the modern economic subject, the so-called "homo oeconomicus." We will examine material from Locke, Smith, Defoe, and Mill through Marx, Nietzsche, Brecht, and Weber, up to current the neoliberal subject and its critiques (Foucault, Bataille). The course focuses on narrative and figurative moments in theoretical texts as well as crucial literary sources (novels, novellas, and plays) as they collectively develop the modern economic paradigms of industry, exchange, credit-debt, and interest. The course thus addresses both literary and theoretical sources, particularly the stories and examples told to justify the liberal order as well as its guiding metaphors such as the invisible hand; Schuld as both debt and guilt; investment (in oneself, in one's future); and the intersection of religious and secular economies.

When Offered Fall.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 3542GOVT 3606

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17128GERST 3610  LEC 001

  • Taught in English.

  • 17130GERST 3610  DIS 201

  • 17689GERST 3610  DIS 202