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CWL 581 RR - Seminar Lit Themes - Semina Lit Themes

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Study of a theme or type (the Faust myth, the romantic hero, etc.) to discover its essential components in all the literatures studied and the significance of national variations. The subject of the seminar varies each term. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary.

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Title: Biopolitics, Fantasy, Media Description: Biopolitics is generally understood as power directly manipulating life, but a careful analysis shows that biopolitical interventions are always mediated--that is, like other forms of ideology, as Zizek has argued, they always require a fantasy to sustain them, whether they are public service billboards or Hollywood films. Understanding the essential falsity of ideology is not enough, in other words, to understand its hold over the viewer. In this seminar, we will explore some theories of biopolitics as well as theories (largely but not exclusively psychoanalytic) that attempt to explain the fascination that screen fantasies hold over us in the service of the preservation and exploitation of life. Readings include Valiaho, Esposito, Campbell, Agamben, Zizek, McGowan, Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Neroni, Edelman, Mbembe, Jackson and others. Films, television and other media include texts such as: 300, Contagion, Orphan Black, Le Bureau des le

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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