Tpcs in Lit Theory II:

SAME AS RELST-GA 2453, ENGL-GA 2958, COLIT-GA 2453, & DRAP-GA 2453.

This interdisciplinary seminar navigates between changing conceptualizations of mother tongue from a range of theoretical and cultural perspectives. Considering the maternal in language through the lens of psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer thinking, it asks whether mother tongue can be at once the product of ethnocentric ideologies and a form of resistance to cultural hegemonies. The course examines a diverse selection of critical theory alongside works of literature, cinema and art. Class discussions will trace the rise of the mother as a mark of a biological link between na8on and language; explore the sexual politics of language; and focus on accounts of postcolonial linguistic experiences, in which the mother tongue appears to be fleeting and its “possession” is repeatedly questioned.






Spring 2021

Roni Henig
T: 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM ONLI