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Hegel and After

ENGL 790.401
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OLDH 202

he focus of this advanced graduate seminar will be Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit and its literary legacy. Starting from accounts of Hegel's narrative of reflexive consciousness we will address its literary and theoretical legacy. We will first study the structure and plan of the Phenomenology. We will then examine a number of writers (Mallarme, Breton, Bataille, Eliot, Joyce) as well as philosophers (Kojeve, Blanchot, Althussser, Fukuyama, Derrida, Butler) or theoreticians of psychoanalysis (Lacan, Zizek). Requirements: one research paper of twenty pages, one oral presentation linked with one text in the syllabus.

1/12. Main problems and Genesis. Lloyd Spencer and Andrzej Krauze, Introducing Hegel (Totem, 1996). Hegel, The Difference between Fichte's and Schelling's System of Philosophy (SUNY Press, 1977) and Early Theological Writings (U. Penn Press, 1971). H.S. Harris, Hegel: Phenomenology and System (Hackett, 1995). H.S. Harris, Hegel's Development: Toward the Sunlight (1770-1801) (O.U.Press, 1972). Jon Stewart, editor: The Hegel Myths and Legends (Northwestern U. Press, 1996).

1/19. The Structure of the Phenomenology. Michael N. Forster, Hegel's Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit (U. Chicago Press, 1998) and Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure in the Phenomology of Hegel (Northwestern U. Press, 1974).

1/26. Translation issues and key passages: close readings from the bilingual selection in Howard P. Kainz's Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit -- Selections (Penn State P., 1994)

2/2. Key passages: the Preface. The Master and Slave Dialectic.

2/9. Key passages: end of the Kaintz selection.

2/23. Hegel, Mallarme, Eliot, Joyce, Stephane Mallarme, Collected Poems, (California U.P., 1994). Janine D. Langan, Hegel and Mallarme (University Press of America, 1986). Hegel, Joyce and Eliot. T.S. Eliot, Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley (Faber, 1964). ). Jacques Aubert, The aesthetics of James Joyce (Johns Hopkins U. P., 1992. Blanchoit, The Blanchot Reader.

3/2. Hegel between Breton and Bataille. Andre Breton, Nadja and Manifestoes of Surrealism (U. Michigan Press, 1972). Georges Bataille,The Bataille Reader (Blackwell, 1997) p. 279-326. Jacques Derrida, Writing and Difference (Chicago, 1878) p. 251-277.

3/16. Kojeve and Fukuyama: Hegel's "end of history". Alexandre Kojeve, Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit (Cornell U.P., 1969). Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man (Avon Books, 1992). Michael Roth on French reception.

3/23. Hegel, Lacan and Butler. Jacques Lacan, Ecrits - A Selection (Norton, 1977) and Seminar II: The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis , tr. S. Tomaselli and J. Forrester (Norton, 1988). Jean Hyppolite, Logic and Existence (SUNY P. 1997). Judith Butler, Subjects of Desire (new and revised edition).

3/30 Nagative Dialectics and the anthropology of madness. Martin Heidegger, Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (Indiana U.P., 1994). Daniel Berthold-Bond, Hegel's Theory of Madness (SUNY Press, 1995). Jacques Lacan on Dora: the beautiful soul. Adorno, Negative Dialectics.

4/6. The ghost of Hegel in Marx: Marx, 1844 Manuscripts. Louis Althusser, The Spectre of Hegel (Verso, 1997). Marx 1844 Manuscripts. Marx and Engels, The German Ideology.

4/13 . Hegel and Derrida, Glas, tr. J.P. Leavey and R. Rand, U. of Nebraska, 1986. See also Stuart Barnett, ed. Hegel after Derrida (Routledge, 1998).

4/20. The Sublime Hegel: Zizek. Slavoj Zizek, The Sublime Object of Ideology (Verso, 1989) and Tarrying with the Negative (Duke U. P., 1993) and Rodolphe Gasch, Inventions of Difference (Harvard U. P., 1994).