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Spring 2017 Course for PAL: Prof. Kata Gellen Will Be Teaching “Modernism, Language, Theory”

German 790-1 Course Description: According to one narrative, literary modernism emerged out of a crisis of language articulated by such thinkers as Friedrich Nietzsche, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Karl Kraus. This crisis implicated various aspects of language, from its communicative potential to literary figuration, and from the formulaic to the formless, as well as issues of accent, dialect, idiosyncratic speech, phraseology, and oral versus written practices. The works of numerous writers in the modernist literary tradition—including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, and Robert Musil—can be read in this context. Whether they reformulate the problems of language in modernity or offer explicit or implicit solutions…

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Prof. Corina Stan’s English 599, “How to Live Together? Community and Migration” Is Being Offer as a Spring 2017 PAL Course

English 599: How to Live Together? Community and Migration   How does the systematic reflection on community over the past century prepare us for the migration crisis? From Helmuth Plessner’s Limits of Community (1924) to Jean-Luc Nancy’s Inoperative Community (1986), Maurice Blanchot’s Unavowable Community (also 1986), and Roberto Esposito’s Communitas (1998), much of the philosophical reflection of the past century offered a systematic deconstruction of the traditional form of community (identified after Ferdinand Tönnies as Gemeinschaft) and its attendant principle of sincerity. Critical readers of Being and Time (in particular of Heidegger’s insistence on the communal “we” that precedes individual existence), Nancy and Lévinas followed different routes in rethinking community, the former arriving at the formulation singular plural, the latter postulating the…

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How to apply for Toril Moi’s course ENG 822/ LIT 822 “Writing Is Thinking” Spring 2017

ENG 822 / LIT822 WRITING IS THINKING SPRING 2017 TUE 10:05 – 12:35 This course, limited to 10 students, is by permission of the instructor only. To apply, please email toril@duke.edu. Attach as a word document a 500 word text explaining why you want to take this course. Do include some thoughts about what writing means for you, why you think a course called “Writing Is Thinking” can help you with your own projects. Also please include your name, PhD program and year in the program on your application document. SYNOPSIS: Writing is a fundamental part of academic life. This course aims to teach graduate students at any level, from…

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Fall 2016 PAL courses

Shakespeare, Tragedy, Ethics English 890S-05 Professor Sarah Beckwith Course description: A first aim of this class will be to explore Shakespearean tragedy as a “lethal attempt to deny the existence of another as essential to one’s own.” So tragedy in Shakespeare’s handling turns out to explore acknowledgment as the home of our knowledge of others and…

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