- Schedule of Classes - August 22, 2019 7:14PM EDT
- Course Catalog - August 22, 2019 7:15PM EDT
Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.
A myriad of texts bear witness to the emancipatory power of writing: the autobiography of Frederick Douglass and Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, to name just two. This course will explore how scholars and theorists (Juliet Fleming, Chris Johnson, Greg Ulmer, Walter Ong, Bernard Stiegler, Catherine Malabou) have approached writing since Derrida first proposed the (impossible) science of grammatology and identified writing as a pharmakon. We will return to some of the texts that were key to post-structuralist theory, Plato's Phaedrus and Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages; and we will also consider how media theory has inflected our approaches to writing. To keep after the question of what writing is (even if we cannot ever know its ends), we will also look to literary works that have tried to address that question; here, authors may include Christine de Pizan, Philip Sidney, Herman Melville, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Ishmael Reed.
When Offered Fall.
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