6 thoughts on “Final Papers (VIAL/contcult)

  1. heteroglossia

    A recent article by Slavoj Zizek in commenting on the $700 billion bank bail-out and Obama’s election in the course of exposing the systemic violence of capitalism along with fun remarks on the Kantian taxonomies of history (“Obama’s victory is a sign of history in the triple Kantian sense of signum rememorativum, demonstrativum, prognosticum. A sign in which the memory of the long past of slavery and the struggle for its abolition reverberates; an event which now demonstrates a change; a hope for future achievements”) as exposed in the repetitions of Obama’s “shocking” reception, the 21st century American tragedies, among other events: http://www.lrb.co.uk/webonly/14/11/2008/zize01_.html

    “Rwanda’s army made at least $250 million in 18 months by selling coltan, which is used in cellphones and laptops.”

    “The cover story in Time magazine on 5 June 2006 was ‘The Deadliest War in the World’ – a detailed account of the political violence that has killed four million people in Congo over the last decade. None of the usual humanitarian uproar followed, just a couple of readers’ letters. Time picked the wrong victim: it should have stuck to Muslim women or Tibetan monks. The death of a Palestinian child, not to mention an Israeli or an American, is worth thousands more column inches than the death of a nameless Congolese. Why?” This is almost word-for-word in his book Violence. Zizek seems to repeat events for his transpositive examples.

  2. Margarita Madewell

    If we were doing a paper that would also relate to this class, is it possible to turn it in for extra credit or make-up work purposes? Can I email an essay proposal? I will ask again in class just incase you dont see this.

  3. Arian

    Is the essay you had in mind in today’s lecture on the uncanny? http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~amtower/uncanny.html

    Also, I found this outline of Freud’s argument in what I may be the paper discussed: http://courses.washington.edu/freudlit/Uncanny.Notes.html

    I’m also thinking: the uncanny is the necessarily unfamiliar, the necessarily other, the unrepresentable (though perhaps, in a simple sense, the presentable), and so in this quick understanding of the uncanny, can it be said that the uncanny is the subaltern? Rethinking Spivak’s question, the subaltern is also necessarily that which cannot speak, that which is processed through some “Western” machine or logic-modeling machine. Of course my interpretation may just be wrong, but do you think anything can be said on the suggestion of the uncanny = subaltern? It does sound like a big claim, but if so, can any suggested direction in terms of research be given?

    1. apciv Post author

      Those are really good questions. Maybe one term to consider would be occult– “to shut off from view or exposure”. If the subaltern is mysterious, inscrutable, etc., the bearer of irrational beliefs, the practitioner of alien cultural technologies– the same can be said of the colonizer. Is there an Imperial occult?

      Phulboni’s appeal to the goddess of silence may be useful here as well. I’ll think about it some more and we’ll talk.

  4. Arian

    Also, this just came to mind. Could you define postcolonial for us, especially in the context of postcolonial studies? It isn’t necessarily the people after decolonization because if it were wouldn’t the study of these people exclude trauma and nostalgia studies (because trauma and nostalgia require, I assume, knowledge or experience of colonization and decolonization)? So post-colonial doesn’t necessarily mean AFTER colonial, does it? Post-colonial studies seems to be a particular set/type of questions rather than a study of a particular period. Am I too off?


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