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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 568   No Pass/D/Fail

Criticism and Theory - Psychoanalysis and Postcolonialism

Zahid R. Chaudhary

This course stages conversations across psychoanalysis and postcolonialism, two strands of thought with an uneasy but generative relationship. As we discuss criticism that takes up this intersection, we consider theoretical possibilities that remain underexplored in existing criticism across these two formations: the nature of sacrifice under neoliberal rationality, racial difference and intimacy, decolonization and negativity, juridical and psychological forms of impunity, among others. Critical readings include Fanon, Kristeva, Mbembe, Said, Bersani, Lacan, Freud, Spivak, Berlant, Adorno.

Sample reading list:
Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Adorno & Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment
Kristeva, Powers of Horror
Scott, The Fantasy of Feminist History
Bersani, Intimacies

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42434 S01 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm T   McCosh Hall   B14   Enrolled:14 Limit:12 Closed