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Topics in French Literature and Culture: Deconstruction

FRE 401

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This course explores the history and legacy of deconstruction, the massively influential and notoriously difficult philosophical approach developed by Franco-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida. We trace the emergence of deconstruction in France in the 1960s, its adoption in America, and its evolution into a global phenomenon. While investigating the philosophical stakes of deconstruction, we will also reflect on its political, ethical, and institutional status, as well as the complex place of Algeria and the post-colonial. The class will make regular visits to Derrida's personal library in Firestone.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 7
  • Capacity: 15
  • Class Number: 21798
  • Schedule: M 01:30 PM-04:20 PM