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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 379N • Michel Foucault and the Class of '68- HONORS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33540 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 1.118

Course Description

The "Class of '68" in the title of this course refers to the worldwide student and worker movements of that year, and also more generally to those writers and thinkers who embraced the social changes of that era and helped theorize them. In this course we will focus on one theorist in particular--Michel Foucault--in relation to two interlocking critical discourses, poststructuralism and postmodernism. These discourses, in some sense offshoots of '68, have profoundly altered the world of literary studies, the arts and humanities in general, and the social sciences. In addition to Foucault's works, we will also study in less detail the thought of Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-François Lyotard, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, Guy Hocquenghem, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Jacques Derrida, and others. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to know what '68 was about. It could be useful to those wanting to find out how we became postmodern. All works will be read in translation.

Grading Policy

One meditation--2 pages
One short paper--5 pages (submitted in two drafts)
Two peer critiques--1 to 2 pages
One research paper--8 pages (submitted in two drafts)
Two quizzes

Writing assignments 70%
Quizzes and participation 30%


Works by Foucault: Madness and Civilization,The Order of Things, The Archaeology of Knowledge, Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality, Power/Knowledge, Politics, Philosophy, and Culture, Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteeth-Century French Hermaphrodite

Biographies of Foucault: Didier Eribon, Michel Foucault, James Miller, The Passion of Michel Foucault, David Halperin, Saint-Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography

On 1968: Kristen Ross, May 68 and Its Afterlives, Gudie Lawaetz, Mai 1968 (film), Chris Marker et al., Loin du Vietnam (film)


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