Comp Lit 184
Spring 1988


Reading and Rhetorical Structures

February 3 Introduction
  8 Paul de Man, The Resistance to Theory ("The Resistance to Theory," "The Return to Philology," "Interview")
  10 *Friedrich Nietzsche, "On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense," de Man, #Allegories of Reading ("Rhetoric of Tropes")
  17 #Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics ("Introduction" "General Principles," "Synchronic Linguistics")
  22 Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology (Part I: "Writing before the Letter")
  24 Of Grammatology (Part II, 1: "The Violence of the Letter: from Lévi-Strauss to Rousseau")
#Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques ("A Writing Lesson")
  29 Of Grammatology (Part II, 2: "That Dangerous Supplement")
de Man, #Allegories of Reading ("Excuses")
begin reading Rousseau, Confessions
March 2 Of Grammatology (Part II, 3: "Genesis and Structure of the Essay on the Origin of Languages")
de Man, #Blindness and Insight ("The Rhetoric of Blindness")
  7 Of Grammatology (finish)
  9 Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  14, 16 The Purloined Poe:
Edgar Allen Poe, "The Purloined Letter"
Jacques Lacan, "Seminar on 'The Purloined Letter'"
Shoshana Felman, "On Reading Poetry"
  21 Derrida, "The Purveyor of Truth"
Barbara Johnson, "The Frame of Reference"
  23 Derrida, The Post Card ("To Speculate--on 'Freud'")
April 4 Plato, Phaedrus
Derrida, Dissemination ("Plato's Pharmacy")
  6, 11 Derrida, The Post Card ("Envois")
  13, 18 Derrida, Dissemination ("The Double Session")
  20 Derrida, Spurs
  25 Derrida, #Writing and Difference ("Violence and Metaphysics")
Freud, Moses and Monotheism
Zora Neale Hurston, Moses, Man of the Mountain
  27 #Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ed., "Race, Writing, and Difference:"
Gates, "Introduction"
Edward Said, "An Ideology of Difference"
Gayatri Spivak, "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism"
Derrida, "Racism's Last Word"
Anne McClintock and Rob Nixon, "No Names Apart..."
Derrida, "But, beyond ..."


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