COML 6784

COML 6784

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This seminar will offer a critical examination of the literature of perversion (sadism, masochism, fetishism), with readings drawn from major texts of the libertine or S/M traditions (Sade, Sacher-Masoch, Lautréamont, Réage, Flanagan), as well as recent works of philosophy that share with these writers an investment in what I will term "writing the real."  We will consider works of perversion not merely as literary or clinical cases, therefore, but as illuminating how the discourse of perversion, broadly understood, posits or constructs the real-its cases or modes of postulation or figuration.  We will focus our attention on three modes of construction that purport to straddle the alleged gap between language and its real-figure, fetish, and formalization-considering in each case their relation to the problematic of the drive.  In addition to the authors mentioned above, readings will include selections from Badiou, Freud, Deleuze, Ferenczi, Foucault, Lacan, Lyotard, Meillassoux, Perniola, and Zizek.

When Offered Spring.

Comments Conducted in English.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FREN 6580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17128COML 6784  SEM 101

    • TMcGraw Hall 365
    • Jan 21 - May 5, 2020
    • McNulty, T

  • Instruction Mode: Hybrid - Online & In Person