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i'm fried. spent the past four hours working on the syllabus for the class i'm teaching in the spring. i think i have scheduled way too much reading but i can cut back later. my department just wants the book list and course description by the end of the week so i had to do some quick figuring of what i probably want to teach.



Rhetoric R1B
Spring 2003

Presenting the Self

Given the Socratic dictum to "know thyself," how is one to proceed in tracking down this object of knowledge, which, interestingly enough, is one's own "subjectivity"? Our own intuitively obvious self-consciousness may turn out to be more complicated than first imagined when we investigate, for instance, its origins, or its place relative to those entities surrounding it both internally and externally.

Among the objectives in this class will be to question the very writing of the self across diverse texts and theoretical viewpoints; can presence be enacted through language? Does speech imply an uncomplicated speaker? What happens when one says "I"? From where does the idea come ever to start using that locution in the first place?

While studying the question of the self we will also be learning how to discriminate between sources of information and how to read and write comparatively, formulating arguments based on more than one text. We will take a brief analytical look at various argumentative strategies as well as cull the readings themselves for evidence of and training in these.

As with any complex subject, picking our way through relevant material will be challenging. Some of the required readings will be quite difficult, and you will no doubt encounter dense prose in your research. You will also be asked to write several papers dealing with two or more of these texts at a time; this will culminate in a final lengthy research paper on a topic of your own choosing, within the general framework of the question of the self.

Required Texts

Beckett, Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho: Three Novels
Descartes, Meditations on the First Philosophy
Foucault, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction
Freud, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
Silko, Ceremony
Williams, Style: Ten Lessons on Clarity and Grace
A Reader containing shorter readings from:
Emmanuel Levinas
Friedrich Nietzsche
Arthur Rimbaud
Gertrude Stein
and others
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