English 295li. Literary Institutions

Instructor: Kelly Rich
Terms: Fall Term

Wednesdays, 11-1 | Location: Barker 269

This course examines the state as a category of analysis, particularly in relation to the new institutional turn in literary studies. Subjects will include war and militarism, sovereignty, law, infrastructure, empire, sexuality, social apparatuses, global capital, and our own disciplinary formation. Our readings will come largely from the 20th- and 21st-century: they will likely include works by Atwood, Coetzee, Dangarembga, Hamid, and Woolf; as well as theory by Agamben, Arendt, Benjamin, Bhabha, Butler, Derrida, Fanon, Foucault, Jameson, and Said.

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