Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY.
The history of the humanities evidences a number of significant so-called "turns," including the linguistic turn, the cultural turn, and more recently, the affective turn. By (re)turning to questions of the body, emotions, feelings, and sensation, scholars have opened up new avenues for thinking about aesthetics, politics, and being. In this seminar we pursue the intellectual lineage of the affective turn through Spinoza, Bergson, Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty, Susan Sontag, Eve Sedgwick, Brian Massumi, Mark Hansen, Lauren Berlant, Laura Marks, Sara Ahmed and others. What do we gain when we place new emphasis on the sensing body rather than the thinking mind? What do we lose? In what ways have contemporary works of art, including film and video, photography, sculpture and music, stressed a sensory experience above and beyond or with and alongside a cognitive understanding through language? In this seminar we cultivate curiosity about how we feel, what and how we know, and how works of art engage all of our senses. All are welcome, especially those with an interest in connecting philosophical thinking to aesthetic production and experience.
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