Communication and Culture | Rhetorics of Transgression and Resistance
C688 | 26086 | Pezzullo, P.

W, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, 800 E. 3rd St. – room 272

Open to Graduates Only!
Meets with AMST-G 751 and CULS-C 701

Instructor: Phaedra Pezzullo
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 223
Phone: 855-2106

“Their story begins on ground level, with footsteps.”
-Michel 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 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.

This graduate seminar likely will require: engaged participation,
intensive reading, three response papers (2-3 pages), two
presentations, and a final paper.

Required Reading List *Most Likely* Will Include:

* Selections from the Prison Notebooks, Antonio Gramsci.
International Publishers. (1971) 978-0717803972

* Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic
Politics, 2nd ed, Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Moufee. Verso (2001). 978-

* The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau. U of CA P
(2002).  0520236998

* Domination and the Arts of Resistance, James C. Scott. Yale UP,
Reprint ed. (1992). 0300056699

* Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination and Resistance,
Ronan Paddison (Ed.) Routledge. (2000). 978-0415184359 OR
Geographies of Resistance, Steve Pile & Michael Keith (Eds.)
Routledge. (1997). 0415154979

* Resisting Reagan: The U.S. Central America Peace Movement,
Christian Smith University of Chicago (1996). 978-0226763361

*  Rabelais and His World, Mikhail Bakhtin.  Transl. H. Iswolsky.
Indiana UP. (1988).  0253203414

* Bodies out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression, Jana Evans
Braziel & Kathleen Lebesco (Ed.)  U of CA P; (2001) 0520225856

* Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class, Robin
D. G. Kelley.  Free Press (1996). 978-0684826394

* Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in
Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ Diana Taylor.  Duke UP. (1997). 978-

* The Trouble With Normal, Michael Warner.  (2000).  Harvard UP.

* Ereserves (Excerpts from Stallybrass & White, Stuart Hall,
Foucault, Lorde …)