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Instructor Info:Jeffrey Wallen
Office Extension x5747
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday
02:30 PM - 05:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
Description: In literary studies, traditionally the book and the library rather than the archive and collection of unpublished materials have been at the center of scholarship. That has changed, and the archive has now become a central topic throughout the humanities, and in the arts as well. Foucault shifts the emphasis from the individual work to the "discursive systems" that regulate what is enunciated and written, and Derrida focuses on what is seemingly supplemental and "other," presenting the archive as the figure for what has been denigrated as external, supplemental, and prosthetic. Others argue that in modern technological society memory itself has been transformed--"Modern memory is, above all, archival"--and analyze the technics of the archive. Readings will include theory and fiction, and we will also explore the recent "archival turn" in the arts.