E 791A: THEORIZING THE DISCIPLINE


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WEEK 14: Feminism
3 December


Consider the semiotic claims of performance, especially the issue of knowledge--how do we know the difference between what is being performed and what is genuine to a naural kind? Is there such a thing as a natural kind? What is "natural" if the category is already compromised? Is it a necessary (i.e., continuously produced) position in discursive practice?

Finally, consider the performance of a critic and a professor of literature. How are those roles conceived (in both senses of the term)? Does their theoretical contingency compromise their social effect?

READ

1) Gender Trouble, Judith Butler. 10th ed. (Routledge, 1999). All.