German 391

Studies in German Theory I: Body Media

Full course for one semester. This class explores the body's complex role in modern literary and aesthetic discourse. We will focus on different modes of corporeal expression and their relationship to ideologies of power, productivity, and beauty. Topics will include the fantasy of form, the materiality of sex and writing, cyborgs and the automatization of nature, and performance art. Texts by the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley, Heinrich von Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, Fritz Lang, Joseph Beuys, Judith Butler, and Laurie Anderson. Conducted in English. Students taking the course for German credit will meet in extra sessions. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 391.

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