English 165

Special Topics: Critical Influences in Contemporary Culture

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2014 Campion, John
TTh 9:30-11 103 Wheeler

Book List

Beaudrillard, Jean: Simulacra and Simulation; Chomsky, Noam: Necessary Illusions; Deleuze, G. and Guattari, F, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: A Thousand Plateaus; Foucault, Michel: Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison; Reich, Wilhelm: The Mass Psychology of Fascism


The lectures, class discussions, readings, and writing assignments of this course are intended to develop students’ ability to analyze, understand, and evaluate a number of difficult and important texts concerning the concepts of freedom, knowledge, and political practices in contemporary democratic (and other) societies. Along the way, the course will introduce a number of critical issues connected to these themes, including: agency, selfhood, ecology, psychotherapy, economics, gender, race, and literature.


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