American Studies | Seminar in American Studies
G751 | 11596 | Phaedra Pezzullo


Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
4 credit hours
Instructor: Phaedra Pezzullo
Class meets with CMCL-C688 and CULS-C701

"Their story begins on ground level, with footsteps." Michael De
Certeau

Though different approaches to social change, rhetorics of
transgression and resistance fundamentally suggest the possibility--
the hope--that everyday life may be transformed. This seminar will
examine contemporary philosophies, analyses, and practices in order
to assess the value of and the ways in which various modes of
operating may and do serve as subversive value and/or challenging
interventions in public culture. To compare these vocabularies as
analytic terms and as specific modes of becoming, we will read a
range of interdisciplinary texts that either explicitly or
implicitly invite us to consider the heuristic value
of "transgression" and/or "resistance" in our attempts to theorize
cultural change and social movements.