Criticism

Spivak on Subaltern

The logic of normalization is all boxification. Gilroy, you get to choose your box (the ship, the nation). Spivak: some people are outside the boxes. Britain tried normalizing many people in other countries. They trained classes of administrators in various countries. Different orders of Chow’s mimeses (mimicking) appear here. There are two versions of the […]

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Chen on Toxicity

Animacy: deals with sentience, movement, life and death, object-relationships. What is lost when we treat couches as dead and ourselves as alive? There is not such a strict dividing line between what is animate and what is inanimate. What happens when bodies are infested by technology — pollutants and technology? Is this is an anti-Haraway […]

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Haraway on the Cyborg

The cyborg is a condensed image of… this manifesto blurs the line of description and prescription. Our imaginations haven’t caught up to the fact that we aren’t natural anymore. This is the description. But to Haraway, this is a good thing, we do something with cyborgness. It’s fun to be a cyborg. We have to […]

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Marx’s Materialism and Final

Final: one exam question given to us before class on the 5th (last day of class). Essentially it’s an essay of about the same length of the one’s we’ve already done. We’ll have the class on the 5th to ask questions and that’s it. It’s due by 10:30, Saturday the 8th — don’t be late […]

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Benjamin on Art and Aura

We want to get closer to things with fascimiles and reproductions, and to do this we have to reproduce everything. The medium film has moved this enormously. The movie medium includes the film as well as the people and the darkened room. Our understanding of art is now entirely mediated by reproductions now. There are […]

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Gilroy on Black Atlantic

Historical change is relatively difficult to conceive of. We voluntarily live in certain boxes and protect ethnicity as if it is fragile. Gilroy talks about the changes of race and ethnicity. There is the nation (dwelling) box, tied to the soil, specific to a place (England with Stonehenge and Big Ben). This is quite common, […]

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Chow on Ethnicity

Chow historicizes ethnicity with three levels of imitation, or mimeticism. Ethnicity is something we do to ourselves as much as to others. We respond to hails and endorse an ethnicity (as in a census). They confess to an ethnicity as much as other people give you an ethnicity. This is also the same move as […]

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Foucault on Power

Foucault contrasts small and large changes like Judith Butler. It is difficult to imagine a society without discipline, now that sovereignity doesn’t really matter. Small change is about who does the watching? How do they watch? How do they discipline? The school and the prison both are panoptic, but different people are watching. Everyone on […]

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Sedgewick on Gender

Foucault Questions Our sexual identities make us regulate ourselves. But it’s also a tool of power and pleasure. Sexuality is both a private and public identity; regulation should affect the public identity, but if private identity. We shouldn’t think of sexuality in terms the queer/heterosexual dichotomy, or just sexual object-choices.

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Butler’s Gender Regulations

Sexuality gives everyone a container for themselves, a different name. For gender, gender is only a spectrum between masculinity and femininity. Gender is the apparatus of normalization which consitutes the chromosomal, psychic, and social — we are not constituted by our gender, but a social construction that normalizes us. This seems so natural that we […]

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Foucalt on Sexuality

Discourse is a unit of communication larger than the ‘department’ but smaller than ‘culture.’ Different things have different effects on sexuality. The church wasn’t the only discourse on sexuality. Lots of things are bound up by culture though, so that’s too general. Discourse is a regular habit bigger than any particular institution. Discourse is wider […]

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Deleuze’s Multiplicities

Foucault had to hold public lectures every week as part of his job. Deleuze and Gutarri have had a big impact on New Media Impact, cultural studies. D&G think the distillation of all our problems to the Other-Us dichotomy and the Oedipus complex is absolutely absurd. Psychoanalysis reduces everything to a law, an archetype. But […]

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