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Doing Theory in Style
CHUM 350
Fall 2010 not offered
Crosslisting: COL 350, ENGL 350

This course seeks to provide students with an introduction to major 20th century theories of language, rhetoric, subjectivity, and identity by focusing on writing as both an object of theory and a site of theoretical praxis. Beginning with Roland Barthes' essays on the semiotics of style, we will read a series of texts clustered around the "Linguistic Turn" in theory that treat language (discourse, rhetoric, writing, style) as an unstable and sociopolitcally contested foundation of thought and identity. In works that explore language's relationship to philosophy, psychology, literature, gender, and sexuality, we will pay particular attention to the rhetorical and stylistic strategies that individual theorists use to construct their arguments. Our guiding question will be: how does each author's style participate in (reflect/produce) their theoretical project, and to what extent might these projects add up to a stylistics of thought or of the self? We will conclude by looking at certain later works of Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler that open out theories of language onto questions of ethics and violence.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Regular writing assignments with emphasis on style.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on APR-24-2024
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