PHI 610: PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS AFTER DERRIDA

HUGH J. SILVERMAN

SPRING 2005

TUESDAYS 4:00-7:00 HARRIMAN (Solzberg Library)

Office Phone: 632-7592; Office Hours (Harriman 203):

Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 and by appt.

 

Before Derrida, continental aesthetic theory in the mid-20th century was shaped by Heidegger’s “Origin of the Work of Art”, Dufrenne’s account of the “aesthetic object” and Merleau-Ponty’s notions of “visibility” and “the chiasm.”  With Derrida’s The Truth in Painting (1978), following upon writings such as Spurs: Nietzsche’s Styles (1972), aesthetic theory was again framed by the question of “truth.”  With Lyotard, the “sublime” returned alongside the psychoanalytic and feminist accounts of “signifying chains,” “the semiotic and the choric,” and “the fluidity of the interval” (Lacan, Kristeva, Irigaray).  Now, in the wake of Derrida, signs and symptoms, dialectically woven into readings of film (Zizek), the tactile “sense of the world” (Nancy), and the questions of “the end of modernity” (Vattimo) and postmodern “shadows of art” (Perniola) mark out some new directions for the relations between philosophy and the arts.  The seminar will retrace this itinerary and ask “whither aesthetic theory?” after Derrida.

 

BOOKLIST

    * Cazeaux (ed): THE CONTINENTAL AESTHETICS READER (Routledge) [CAR]

    * Derrida: SPURS (Chicago) (1972)   

    * Derrida: TRUTH IN PAINTING (Chicago)(1978)

    * Derrida: ON THE NAME (Stanford) (“Chora”, 1993)

    * Zizek: ENJOY YOUR SYMPTOM! (Routledge) (1992)

    * Nancy: THE SENSE OF THE WORLD (Minnesota) (1993)

    * Perniola: ART AND ITS SHADOW (Continuum) (2000)

 

Recommended (for consultation):

    * Silverman (ed): CULTURAL SEMIOSIS (Routledge) (1998)

    * Silverman (ed): POSTMODERNISM – PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS (Routledge, 1990)

    * Silverman: TEXTUALITIES (Routledge, 1994)

    * Derrida: THE WORK OF MOURNING (eds: Brault and Naas) (Chicago) (2001)

 

Seminar papers: two papers (about 8-10 pages in length).  The first paper should deal an aspect of Derrida’s aesthetic theory and the relation between his work and prior theories.  The second should focus on figures following Derrida, but can also include indications of how they differ from Derrida’s deconstructive theories.

 

Protocols: each member of the seminar will prepare a protocol for two of the seminar sessions (depending on the number of seminar participants).  The person responsible for a particular week will write up an account of what transpired in class the previous week and will make a copy available to each of the members of the seminar prior to the beginning of class. The protocol for a particular week will be discussed at the outset of the seminar.  This will give everyone an opportunity to review what transpired in the previous session and to raise any lingering issues or topics that were not sufficiently treated when first presented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHI 610: PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS AFTER DERRIDA

HUGH J. SILVERMAN

SPRING 2005

TUESDAYS 3:30-6:30 HARRIMAN 214

Office Phone: 632-7592; Office Hours (Harriman 203):

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 and 6:30 - 7:30 and by appt.

 

Schedule

 

 

DATE                            TOPIC  &  READING                                                                                      PROTOCOL

 

Feb. 1                     Introduction:

                      Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art” (1935-36)  [CAR-4]

                                            Background reading in TEXTUALITIES (Part I)

 

Feb. 8                     Dufrenne and the Aesthetic Object (1953) -  [CAR-9]

                                            Merleau-Ponty and the Chiasmatic Intertwining (1961)  [CAR-7]

 

Feb. 15                   Foucault and the Absent Subject (1966) -  [CAR-25]

 

Feb 22                    Derrida and the Questions of Style, Truth, and Woman (1972)  [Spurs]

 

Mar 1                      Derrida’s “Passe-Partout”s (1978) [Truth in Painting - Passe-Partout]

 

Mar 8                      Derrida, Heidegger, and the Question of Restitution (1978) [Truth in Painting - Restitutions]

 

Mar 15                    Derrida, Adami and the Image-Text/Text-Image  (1978) [Truth in Painting - +R]

 

{first paper due}

               

Mar 22                    Spring Recess: Mar. 21-27 (Mon – Sunday)     Classes will resume, Monday, March 28

 

Mar 29                  Lyotard and the Postmodern Sublime (1984) -  [CAR-29]

                                Vattimo:  “The Death or Decline of Art” (1980) -  [CAR-11]

                                                                                                                                                                               

Apr 5                      Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and the Aesthetic

                                Lacan: “Of the Gaze as Objet Petit a” (1973)-  [CAR-32]

                                Kristeva: Approaching Abjection  (1980)-  [CAR-33]

                                Irigaray: The Invisible of the Flesh (1984)-  [CAR-34]

 

Apr 12                    Zizek: ENJOY YOUR SYMPTOM! (Routledge) (1992) [sel]

 

Apr 19                    Derrida: ON THE NAME (Stanford) (“Chora”, 1993)

                                For Consultation: 

                                Derrida -THE WORK OF MOURNING (eds: Brault & Naas) (Chicago, 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Apr 26                    Nancy: THE SENSE OF THE WORLD (Minnesota) (1993) [sel]

 

{second paper due}

 

May 3                   Perniola: ART AND ITS SHADOW (Continuum) (2000)

                                               

May 10                   The Fate of Aesthetic Theory after Derrida

                                                Wrap-Up/ Make-Up  Session

 

 

 

June 2-7            THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE, 29TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, HELSINKI, FINLAND

 

                                     “CHIASMATIC ENCOUNTERS”