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58881-01 - Proseminar: Power 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Peter Robert Burleigh (p.burleigh@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Power! This proseminar is an attempt to address power as a force that exerts itself not in the Machiavellian machinations of the able-bodied nation state and its agents - ideology (as an episteme), politics (as a system of discourse), police (loci of violence) - but across the many forms of everyday life. Starting from the position adopted by Michel Foucault that "it would [...] be more materialist to study first the question of the body and the effects of power on it," we will look at a wide range of theoretical tools that enable different understandings of power as a force that articulates and invades our daily lives and consider what cultural responses there are to this force. In this respect, the proseminar will be looking at generative, desirous, productive cultural artefacts that engage with, deconstruct, tacitly exploit power in a variety of forms, genres and media. The course will first follow a number of theoretical readings to derive tools, for which small student task groups will be responsible under my supervision. The second phase will involve close and careful reading of the course material some of which is listed below, or at least gives a hint of the kinds of materials I want to consider under the frame of power - these too will be discussed and presented by small student task groups somewhat more independently.

The proseminar will also support the writing of a Proseminar paper on the topic of power.

Readings will be taken from:

Sara Ahmed. "Queer Phenomenology". 2006; Mary Beard. "Women & Power: A Manifesto". 2017;
Lauren Berlant. "Cruel Optimism". 2011; Eugenie Brinkema. "The Forms of the Affects". 2014; Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari. "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia". 1987; Michel Foucault. "Discipline and Punish". 1975; Audre Lorde. "The Uses of the Erotic". 1978; Maria Lugones. "Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes". 2003; Seth Price. "How to Disappear in America". 2009.

Materials to be considered include but are not restricted to:

"Blasted". Sarah Kane 1995; "Flatland". Edward Abbot 1884; "Oranges are Not the Only Fruit". Jeanette Winterson 1985; "Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim". various circa 1890. "Unorthodox". Anna Winger 2020. "Until Our Hearts Stop". Meg Stewart/Damaged Goods 2015.
Lernziele Students will become familiar with current descriptions and discussions of power and its impact on culture.
Students will further their critical approach to text and to authorship, including inter-relating various primary texts and secondary materials in meaningful ways.
Students will learn to consider formats and genres as not only form but as content.
Students will have the opportunity to write a Proseminar paper attached to the course.
Literatur Readings will be taken from:

Sara Ahmed. "Queer Phenomenology". 2006; Mary Beard. "Women & Power: A Manifesto". 2017;
Lauren Berlant. "Cruel Optimism". 2011; Eugenie Brinkema. "The Forms of the Affects". 2014; Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari. "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia". 1987; Michel Foucault. "Discipline and Punish". 1975; Audre Lorde. "The Uses of the Erotic". 1978; Maria Lugones. "Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes". 2003; Seth Price. "How to Disappear in America". 2009.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen It is strongly recommended that this course is taken only after the successful completion of the "Introduction I + II: Literary Studies" proseminars.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please register by e-mail to alex.van-lierde@unibas.ch by 1.9.2020. At the same time please enroll via MOnA.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 15.09.2020 – 15.12.2020
Zeit Dienstag, 10.15-12.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 15.09.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 22.09.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 29.09.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 06.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 13.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 20.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 27.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 03.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 10.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 17.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 24.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 01.12.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 08.12.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 15.12.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Introduction to Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft

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