German 392

Studies in German Theory II: The Languages of War

Full course for one semester. This seminar explores the intimate relationship between literary discourses and languages of conquest and violence. We will focus on models of linguistic force, considering whether oratorical (if not political) authority rests on the power to declare war or peace. Authors will include Kant, Büchner, Marx, Lenin, Benjamin, Jünger, Joyce, Freud, Stein, Derrida, and George Bush Jr. Conducted in English. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 392. Not offered 2006-07.

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