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Douglas P Collins
C LIT 510
Seattle Campus

History of Literary Criticism and Theory IV

A study of the major issues in literary criticism and theory since about 1965. Offered: jointly with ENGL 510.

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DECONSTRUCTION FOR DUMMIES

Proud of its wandering, "uprooted, anonymous, unattached to any house or country,“ as Derrida says, Deconstruction. has been given an opportunity to settle down, however tattered it might now be in its repose. But has pride in homelessness—the strength of the rigor of its strategy of “dis-enclosure”--proven finally to be at once its liability, the basis of its historical discredit, and this even within the community of Deconstruction itself? (Jean-Luc Nancy seemed to think so!)

We cannot avoid internal exegesis in this class, or the temptations to describe relations of Deconstruction with its intimates—with phenomenology, Sartrean existentialism, with the object relations school of psychoanalysis, with Bataille, Levinas and the Frankfurt School, with victim focus (animal rights, disability studies etc.). But particular emphasis will be placed here upon the epochal aspect of the movemen, the variability of the performance of it in the variety of its national contexts--its contrasting American and French lives in which its signature defense of irreducible eccentricity is contrastively interactive with greater and lesser degrees of blindnesses, from the theological to the economic.

Readings include:

Derrida, Of Grammatology Derrida, The Truth in Painting Nancy, Dis-enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity Nancy, Noli Me Tangere: On the Raising of the Body

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Date: 03/16/2011