Course blog for Engl 236/F&M 252: Life Itself
Rita Raley & Bhaskar Sarkar
UCSB (Fall09): Mondays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (with some film screenings Monday evenings)
Sarkar: T Th 4-5 pm and by appt.
Raley: W 1-3 and by appt.
Course description: This seminar interrogates “life” beyond its naturalized, self-evident understanding: as a cultural imagination, a social phenomenon, a potentiality that both enables and exceeds its economic and political harnessing. We address four broad topics: biopolitics, biocapital, the new vitalism, and biomedia.