Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren
Investigates theoretical approaches to the study of literature. Topics may range from chronicles of critical theories to psychoanalysis and literature, or the examination of individual theoreticians such as Michel Foucault.
Ghosts in Contemporary Thought
In this course, we will examine the strange phenomenon of the figures of ghosts in contemporary philosophy, literature, trauma studies, psychoanalysis, sociology, and cultural studies. In a period governed by technology, it is perhaps surprising that ghosts should appear so frequently. We will attempt to account for this presence of the uncanny by examining the representation of ghosts and by thinking together about the different types of cultural work produced at haunted sites.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Active student reading, writing, and research; film; webwork; discussion; mini-lectures
Active participation, curiosity
Class assignments and grading