Contemporary literary theory and its application to Scandinavian texts. Prerequisite: graduate student standing or permission of instructor.
Autumn Quarter, 2006: This seminar will have as its focus the role that rhetorical conceptions of truth have played in recent critical theory and practice. There will be some emphasis on the work of Stanley Fish, Richard Rorty and Donald Davidson, whose writings will be assessed both with a view to their intellectual content and their professional usefulness and relevance to the seminar participants. Other texts will also be read and discussed.
Readings: Stanley Fish, Doing What Comes Naturally, Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope and Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, as well as a generous selection of articles.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate student standing (or permission of the instructor).
Class assignments and grading
Oral reports, miscellaneous shorter writing assignments, and a seminar paper.
Seminar paper: 50 percent. Reports, misc. assignments, participation: 50 percent.