SHUM 4635

SHUM 4635

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A far-reaching distrust and crisis of authority seems to be coextensive with the European Enlightenment and modernity—but what is authority? Amidst the different attempts at definition and classification, at least one thing is certain: our relation to authority is never simple and straightforward, but is the site of intense fantasmatic activity, mixing guilt, defiance, respect, resentment, terror, justice, and love. The word itself is highly evocative, and part of its power lies in the halo of images and meanings it conjures. Our investigation of the problem of authority will be guided by two great writers of the twentieth century, rarely read together, Franz Kafka and Jean Genet.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students.

Comments Co-meets with ROMS 6635/SHUM 6635.

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  • 16524 SHUM 4635   SEM 101