MALS 7000: The Politics of Excess, Ambiguity and Laughter
“Freaks” continued. Elizabeth Grosz “Intolerable Ambiguity: Freaks as/at the Limit” in Freakery: Cultural Images of the Extraordinary Body (1996), ed. Rosemarie Garland Thomson; Robert Bogdan, Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit (1998): Introduction, Chapter 2, Chapter 8, Chapter 9. The Man Who Laughs(1928) and Coney Island Freak Shows.
UPCOMING (So that I can keep myself more actively blogging — so reminiscent of the old science fair journals).
Nov. 19 Artaud and Derrida
Antonin Artaud: Manifesto in Clear Language; Situation of the Flesh” (1925); excerpts from “Mise-en-Scene and Metaphysics (1932); Voyage to the Land of the Tarahumaras Uccello et les oiseaux (“The Mountain of Signs,” “Peyote Dance”, 1936-7); (JoJo and Sarah) (Jacques Derrida on Antonin Artaud 1986 (tr. 1998) The Secret Art of Antonin Artaud; Artaud spells and portraits
Nov 26 Lawrence Mansfield, Pinter
D.H. Lawrence: “The Man Who Loved Islands “(1928) and The Plumed Serpent and some of the odd poems (Wei)
Katherine Mansfield: “Bliss” (1918) and “The Garden Party”
Harold Pinter: Betrayal (1978) and his Proust scenario if we can find it (Aaron)
Dec 3 Wittgenstein and Thomas Bernhard
Ludwig Wittgenstein,: Zettel 1929-1949
Thomas Bernhard: Wittgenstein’s Nephew
Dec 10 papers due
Paul Celan, and also Marjorie Perloff on The Vienna Paradox
Dec 17 instead of exam, everyone speaks about papers