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Writing and Materiality

ENGL 771.401
M 9-12

This course will focus upon conceptions of "matter," with particular attention to clothes as the site of intersection between "subject" and "object." Our aim will be to examine the historical and cultural transformations of things both in terms of economic production and in terms of love and desire. Texts for the course will include:
ed. Lawrence Simon, Marx: Selected Writings
Martin Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought
Jacques Derrida, The Truth in Painting
Carolyn Steedman, Landscape for a Good Woman
Samuel Richardson, Pamela (Penguin)
William Shakespeare, Lear (ed. Mowatt and Werstein)
Primo Levi, If This Is A Man (Survival in Auschwitz)

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