CS 628: Strange Relations

CS 628: Strange Relations: Writing Bodies, Embodied Writing

Instructor: Claire Phillips

A seminar/workshop for MFA writing students interested in thinking and writing through and about various embodied states and their relation to subjectivity – particularly “limit” experiences of embodiment and selfhood such as pregnancy, birth, sex, illness, incarceration, torture, disablement and death. Readings will include long and short fiction, nonfiction, drama and critical essays by writers such as Iris Young, Bernadette Mayer, Octavia Butler, Samuel Delaney, Amelia Jones, William Burroughs, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Mikhail Bakhtin, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Elaine Scarry. Special attention will be paid to the role of language in constituting and constructing "the body," and how language itself functions in embodied ways.