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RanciereFriday, April 19


222 Smith Hall**

Ranciere – The Aesthetic Dimension – Aesthetics, Politics, Knowledge


**then let’s go see Sarah Trad’s extravaganza:

J & J Smith Gallery, 4th Floor, Smith Hall

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Judith Butler



Chapter 1: Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire , from Gender Trouble

Conclusion: From Paradoy to Politics, from Gender Trouble

Discussion April 5th @ 5pm

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roland-barthes Friday, March 22


Texts by Roland Barthes:

“Wrestling” from Mythologies

“Striptease” from Mythologies

“Rhetoric of the Image” from Image Music Text

“Third Meaning” from Image Music Text

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Semiotics, continued


Readings for

Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 pm

@ The Art School in the Art School: 1003 E. Fayette St., #8

C. S. Peirce_Logic as Semiotic: The Theory of Signs

Roman Jakobson_Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances

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Ferdinand de Saussure: Course in General Linguistics

saussure_arborFriday, February 22


@ The Art School in the Art School: 1003 E. Fayette St., #8

Reading: Pt1-2Saussure-Ferdinand-Course-General-Linguistics

Full text:

quick background: Semiotics for Beginners by Daniel Chandler


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Karl Marx: The German Ideology; The Fetishism of Commodities

Thursday, Nov 15
6 pm




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Frederic Jameson: Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Thursday, Nov 29


Jameson – Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Thursday, November 1

@ The Art School in the Art School
10003 E. Fayette Street (corner S. Crouse) Apt 8
(this is the Spark Building, we’re on the third floor. Enter through back door)

Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction


Joanna’s slideshow about this text:

Notes on The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses

Discussed on October 19

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Joanna’s short notes:

Althusser begins within classical Marxist theory (base-superstructure) of the reproduction of relations of production and
the Marxist theory of the State, and moves from this mostly “descriptive theory” into his thesis on ideology and ideological state apparatuses. Within classical Marxism, reproduction of relations or production produce competent workers, with a diversity needed for production.

Althusser then distinguishes between Repressive State Apparatuses and Ideological State Apparatuses. RSAs come from a singular source, they are the product of the State, they are public, and exert force through violence. ISAs are plural, they exist within the private domain. Althusser defines ideology, the function of Ideological State Apparatuses, and then the function of ideology in constituting the subject.

To paraphrase: Ideology represents the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence. Ideology has no history, it is eternal, like the unconscious. ISAs are secured by ruling ideology, each contribute to a single result in the way proper to it. Ideology has a material existence, it always exists in practice. From a bourgeois conception of the subject,
where one chooses ones actions according to beliefs, ideas disappear: for the subject, there is no practice except by ideology, no ideology except by and for the subject. From here, Althusser can move into the concept of interpellation.

Ideology functions to constitute concrete individuals as subjects. The obviousness of the category of the subject is an ideological recognition. We are always already subjects, through ideological recognition. Ideology hails, or interpellates concrete individuals as concrete Subjects. This recognition, or rather, interpellation, is a mirror-structure. Ideology is centered on the Absolute Subject, from which each Subject can contemplate its own image. So, this mirror-structure ensures: I) the interpolation of , individuals’ as subjects; 2) the subjection to the Subject; 3) mutual recognition of subjects ad Subject; 4) the absolute guarantee that everything is really so. We are interpellated as a free subject in order to submit freely to subjection.

A better summary:

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