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ENGL 7738 Agamben and His Universe (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will focus on Giorgio Agamben along with philosophers, artists, and theorists with whom his work intersects: St. Paul, Simone Weil, Aristotle, Titian, Scholem, Arendt, Benjamin, Heidegger, Bataille, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, Debord. It will engage topics such as the relation of political theory to ethics; Agamben's relation to psychoanalysis; messianism; the "human" and the relation of the human to animality; pornography; time and cinematic time; the profane vs. the sacred; the society of the spectacle; sovereignty, the state of exception, and biopolitics. Agamben's elegant writing animates all sorts of historical, cultural, political, philosophical, ethical, aesthetic, and theological arenas.


Instructor(s): Frances Restuccia

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the Theory requirement


Last Updated: 11-Jan-16