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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 568   No Pass/D/Fail

Criticism and Theory - Impunity

Zahid R. Chaudhary

How is our political moment in line with a series of cultural and political shifts since WWII, in global practices of impunity? How may we reconsider postcolonial texts from the vantage point of questions about accountability, redress, and the production of subjects who can or cannot be punished? We explore economic, legal, psychological, and aesthetic dimensions of impunity, ranging across a series of global sites, from Indonesia to the U.S. Course topics include decolonization, state violence, populism, and aesthetic autonomy. Readings include Adorno, Arendt, Balibar, Brown, Butler, Fanon, Kristeva, Marx, Nietzsche, Spivak.

Sample reading list:
Etienne Balibar, Violence and Civility
Jacqueline Rose, States of Fantasy
Theodor Adorno, History and Freedom: Lectures 1964-65
Michael Foucault, Society Must Be Defended
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 80%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22139 S01 9:30 am - 12:20 pm Th   Green Hall   0-N-7   Enrolled:4 Limit:12