Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4830W BALLIF, MICHELLE TR 2::0 AM 0145

Description

Post-structuralist thinkers--from Foucault to Derrida to Cixous--have interrogated the relation between language and regimes of truth.  This course will investigate this interrogation--by reading the major statements of such post-structuralist thinkers--and query in what ways writing can resist the phallogocentric demands of knowledge.

Assignments

Talking Points:  15%
Summary/Response Papers:  60%
Project Proposal & Presentation:  25%

Attendance

Attendance:  I expect you to be present, prepared, and engaged.  Three absences are allowed (I make no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences); after that, it will be impossible for you to receive a final grade better than a “D.”

Late Work:  All work is due the day specified by the assignment handout; late work will receive half credit. Absences do not excuse late work.

Material

Cixous, Hélène.  The Hélène Cixous Reader. Ed. Susan Sellers. Routledge, 1994.

Blyth, Ian. Hélène Cixous: Live Theory. Bloomsbury, 2004.

Derrida, Jacques. A Derrida Reader:  Between the Blinds.  Trans. Peggy Kamuf. Columbia UP, 1991.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1:  An Introduction. Trans. Robert Hurley.  Vintage, 1990.


Mills, Sara.  Michel Foucault. Routledge, 2003.


Royle, Nicholas.  Jacques Derrida.  Routledge, 2003.

Other materials to be distributed as pdfs, electronically.