GERMAN 732 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
Section: 001 Minority Subjectivity in History
Term: WN 2017
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Scholars working in historical fields necessarily encounter questions about how the interior experience of individual subjects has interacted with historical processes, worldviews, and structural change. At the same time, much critical attention has been given to the status of minorities and the oppressed in history (colonized subjects, women, ethnic/racial and sexual minorities), whose very subject positions have sometimes presented a challenge to the universalist claims of the post-Enlightenment West.

This course intends to engage questions of minority subjectivity in history, broaching methodological and theoretical issues at the same time as it surveys historiographical strategies of engaging the lived experience of minority subjects. Reading assignments will set theoretical works on subjectivity (including psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, and other models) against historical work (monographs and articles) on the one hand and primary texts (including literature, autobiography, letters and diaries) on the other. We will also consider these “marginalized” figures as creative subjects, or as cultural producers. In what ways are self-perceptions of liminality productive, and are there specific features of contributions by such subjects? Topics to be covered include German-Jewish history and the problem of “minor culture,” studies of historical “crises of masculinity,” colonized and decolonizing subjects, and minority sexual subjectivity.

Authors will include Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Sigmund Freud, Georg Simmel, and others. Some theorists to be included are: Deleuze, Lacan, Silverman, Zizek, and other psychoanalytic theorists; Marx and later Western Marxist thinkers; Fanon and post-colonial critics; Michel Foucault and others.

Course Requirements:

Brief presentations, occasional short abstracts/response papers, one final paper.

Intended Audience:

Graduate Students

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GERMAN 732 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
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001 (SEM)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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