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Ger 382n - Intellectual History

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Professor Katherine Arens k arens mail utexas edu GER 382N Unique 35540 Spring 2005 MW 1230 to 2p EPS 4 102A COURSE TITLE Can n on Fodder Case Studies in Textual Afterlives OFFICE E P Schoch 3 128 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course focuses on the politics of the Canon of great texts as defined through the material processes and ideologies that have defined canonicity at various moments of history Each era has defined its classic or canonical authors differently these authors themselves were often at pains to portray themselves as classic or hegemonic authors literary histories critics prize boards institutions publishing houses translators and editors contributed to becoming canonical in other ways This course will allow students from any national literature or cultural studies to work out their own case studies through the course of the semester while reflecting on what having great works means to a culture its identity and its politics Each student will pick an author to use during the term and them will work through a set of theoretical and practical issues surrounding that author Each week a theory question will be posed along with readings in aspects of cultural and literary history and criticism each week students will post discuss the results of their own preliminary investigations in that field for their chosen author as part of an electronic works in progress seminar Approximate order of topics 1 Identifying a Canonical figure finding one and finding out why canonical 2 Aesthetics as legitimization for canonicity 3 The Order of Books Chartier and how texts are used circulated and valued 4 Printing and Publishing how the material form of the book influences prestige and content 5 Libraries Archives Collections Performances and Catalogues Ownership status and social prestige 6 Genres and Text Types Problems in Interdisciplinarity 7 Institutional Hegemonies PEN Harvard etc 8 Books in Trade Literary histories Anthologies Editions Translations 9 Media Publicity Fads



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