Laurie J Sears
Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
The course this quarter will investigate questions of psychoanalysis, trauma, and colonialism through the work of Kaja Silverman, Ranjana Khanna, Judith Butler, S. Freud, Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, F. Fanon, Ayu Utami, Marguerite Duras, J. Lacan, G. Agamben, and Charles Taylor. We will look at questions of history and memory, trauma and archives, and memory and subjectivity. Examples will be drawn from experiences of colonialism in North Africa, French Indochina, and postcolonial Indonesia.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
The readings for this seminar will include selected works of S. Freud, R. Khanna, J. Butler, F. Fanon, K. Silverman, J. Lacan, N. Abraham and M. Torok, M. Duras and others. We will read 2 literary works.
Participation in class discussion, written work, final research proposal.