Sigmund Freud, “Mourning and Melancholia.”
Samuel Raphael, Theatres of Memory (First Chapter)
Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (Part One 1-66)
Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” Illuminations
Samuel Raphael, Theatres of Memory (Second Chapter)
Karl Marx, Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (to page 41)
Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx (first two chapters)
Fredric Jameson, “Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism,” The Anti-Aesthetic
David Lowenthal, The Past is a Foreign Country, Section One
Russ Castronovo, “Political Necrophilia.”
David Lowenthal The Past is a Foreign Country, Section Two
Charles W. Mills, Racial Contract (first two chapters)
Toni Morison, Beloved
Walter. “Thesis on the Philosophy of
Castronovo, Russ. “Political Necrophilia.” Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture 27.2 (Summer 2000):133.
Jacques. Specters of Marx: the State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning, and the
International. Trans. Peggy
Freud, Sigmund. Moses and Monotheism. Trans. Katherine Jones.
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Standard Edition of Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. 24 vols.
James Strachey ed. and trans.
“Postmodernism and Consumer Society”.
The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on
Postmodern Culture. Ed. Hal Foster.
Lowenthal, David. The Past is a Foreign Country.
Marx, Karl. The 18th Brumaire of Louis
Bonaparte. 4th ed.
Mills, Charles. Racial Contract.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved.
Samuel, Raphael. Theatres of Memory.
The independent study will be similar to a “Literature and Philosophy” course, only it will concentrate on the philosophy of history and its relation to narrative theory and cultural studies more precisely.
To investigate the intersections between history, fiction, and nationalism, especially in how they result in nostalgic or “necrophilic” relations to a fantasized and racialized conception of the past.
Nature of Study:
The course will largely consist of independent reading and in-depth discussion of the texts in consultation with the professor.
Role of Professor:
The professor will provide background for the texts, their context, and the theoretical issues that they raise; offer feedback on the interpretations and/or discussion questions that the student will present each week; and provide commentary on the final essay.
Frequency of Meetings:
The 1½-hour meetings will occur every week and a half throughout the Winter semester.
Along with brief response papers and/or discussion questions for each meeting, the student will write one eight-page paper, incorporating at least three of the theoretical texts listed below in an in-depth analysis of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.