ENGL 7738 Agamben and His Universe (Fall: 3 )
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
Last Updated: 11-Jan-16