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Weekly Presentations

At our first meeting, we will determine a presentation schedule for the remainder of the quarter. Each week, from the second to the tenth, presenters will offer presentations or lead the class discussion on selected topics.

The seminar presentation is a 15-20 minute presentation to the rest of the class about an assigned reading or about a supplementary reading (i.e. not on the schedule). For the presentation, plan to go beyond regular class preparation, at the very least, providing background about your topic, a generous overview, and a discussion of its relation to other readings for that week (or read earlier). You should also be prepared to answer questions and help lead class discussion for that topic. You should prepare a handout for the class; however, do not simply read from your prepared handout or paper.

Presenters are encouraged to discuss their presentations with me well in advance of their presentation. (Of course, those volunteering to present in the first two weeks will benefit from my reciprocal kindness.)


Reading Assignment to be Presented



Barthes, “Striptease”; “The Structuralist Activity”

  A. Valrie


Foucault, “What Is an Author?”



Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”



Derrida, “Structure, Sign, and Play”



Freud, “The Uncanny”

A. Neal


Žižek, “Courtly Love, or, Woman as Thing”

D. Sotiriou


Williams, “From Marxism and Literature

D. Madrid


Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”

K. Blanco


Kolodny, “Dancing Through the Minefield”

F. Franco 


Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto”

J. Mendoza  


Foucault, “Las Meninas”

Z. Henry 


Bourdieu, “Distinction: A Social Critique”


Berlant and Warner, "Sex in Public"

J. Sorensen


Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination”



Anderson, “From Imagined Communities



Bhabha, “Signs Taken for Wonders”

K. Oliva


Response Papers

Short response papers (about 2 pages) must be posted to the course blog by 6pm on the Sunday preceding the Monday class meeting to discuss the readings. 

The response is not a paper so you should not concern yourself with introductions and conclusions. You should, however, make every attempt to provide a coherent response and you should proofread and edit your work for clarity. Think of your responses as a conversation with the text, the ideas, your class mates and your teacher. Feel free to ask questions, speculate, make astounding connections, or even complain (though don't forget about your audience and their needs). 


One paper will be due during the term. You will have the opportunity to revise your paper.

Click here for the paper assignment.

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Last Update: 11/20/2012