COL 5036H,S: THE CRISIS IMAGES: THE EDGES OF FILM, THEORY AND HISTORY
Instructor: E. Cazdyn
Spring term (2012), Wednesdays, 3-5
In this seminar we will explore the status of the image today. Gilles Deleuze wrote his two “cinema” books around a transition—from the Movement-Image to the Time-Image. The Movement-Image presupposes an action that prompts a reaction (that coordinates, in principle, to pre-World War II cinema—Griffith, Eisenstein, classical Hollywood codes), while the Time-Image prompts actions that float in situations rather than bring these situations to conclusion—Rosselini, Resnais, Ozu, Godard. Is it time to theorize a third book, a third image in relation to the contemporary moment of a saturated, digitized, wiki-leaked imagescape? With this question in mind we will explore contemporary studies of the image as well as images of the contemporary moment…all the while wondering what might constitute a radical break of—and with—the dominant regime of representation. Readings will include works by Deleuze, Paul Virilio, D.N. Rodowick, Mary Ann Doane, Jacques Ranciere, Fredric Jameson, Susan Sontag, Guy Deborg, Laura Mulvey, Akira Lippit, Lev Manovich and others. And images by Claire Denis, Tsai Ming-Liang, Chris Marker, Apichtpong Weerasethakul, Manu Luksch as well as medical, surveillance, and an assortment of non-visual images.
VIC304H1S Praxis and Performance
Professor E. Cazdyn
2012 T 3-5
This course will explore what it means to “act” in cultural, political, religious, and psychological realms. We focus on the historically shifting relations between theory and practice, between structure and agency, and between being and doing.
We will begin with the aesthetic and then move to the political, the psychoanalytic, the spiritual, and the pedagogical. Readings and viewings will include: Nam June Paik, Sigmund Freud, Lenny Bruce, Basho, Harold Pinter, Jean Paul Sartre, Theodor Adorno, Jean-Pierre Gorin, John Cage, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Judith Butler, Marina Abramović’, Karl Marx, The Invisible Committee, John Stewart, Cathy Caruth, Jacques Lacan, Astra Taylor, Dogen, Jamgon Kongtrul, Slavoj Zizek, John D. Caputo, Jacques Rancière, Bertoll Ollman.
EAS 209 H Approaches to East Asia
(2011) Tuesdays 7-9 Professor Eric Cazdyn
This course will introduce students to three of the most pressing theoretical problems faced in the study of East Asia: history, geography, and subjectivity. By history we mean the problem of history, the choices made when studying and narrating the past and how these choices shape the meaning of the present and the possibilities for the future. To think carefully about history is at once to think about time, or the way that various concepts of time shape lived experience. By geography we mean the problem of geography, the choices made when mapping the world and how these choices shape the meaning of the planet, region, nation, city, countryside, all the way to the smallest corners of everyday life. To think about geography is at once to think about space, from physical space to the space of thought. Finally, by subjectivity we mean the problem of the human subject, the choices made when examining ourselves and others and how these choices shape (and are shaped by) gender, race, class, sexuality, and other categories of difference. Together with subjectivity will come a focus on language, in particular how subjects do not only speak and write language, but are spoken and written by it. Whether we know it or not (or like it or not) we move through these three problems whenever we think about East Asia. The primary purpose of this course is to draw attention to this inevitability and to explore what such a recognition might enable for East Asian studies and beyond.