Graduate seminar: Life Itself

Engl 226/F&M 252 | UC Santa Barbara | Fall 2009


Additional material to consider

– Henri Bergson, selections from Matter and Memory and Creative Evolution
– Joke Brouwer and Arjen Mulder, eds., Interact or Die!
– Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience
– Richard Doyle, On Beyond Living (Stanford Up 1997)
-Peter Drahos and John Braithwaite, Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy? (New Press, 2007).
– Hans Driesch, The History and Theory of Vitalism (1914)
-Joseph Dumit, Drugs for Life: Growing Health and Happiness through Facts and Pharmaceuticals
– Roberto Esposito, BÍOS: Biopolitics and Philosophy, trans. Timothy Campbell (University of Minnesota Press 2008)
– Evelyn Fox-Keller, Refiguring Life (Columbia UP 1995)
– Sarah Franklin and Margaret Lock, eds., Remaking Life and Death (School of American Research 2003)
– Elizabeth Grosz, The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and the Untimely (Duke UP 2004)
-Thomas Blom Hansen and Finn Steppuatat, eds. Sovereign Bodies: Citizens, Migrants and States in the Postcolonial World (Princeton UP, 2005)
-David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity, Part II: “The political-economic transformation of late twentieth century capitalism” (Wiley-Blackwell, 1989)
– Eduardo Kac, ed., Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond (MIT Press 2007)
-Andrew Lakoff and Stephen Collier, eds. Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (Columbia UP, 2008)
– Hannah Landecker, Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies (Harvard UP 2007)
-Maurizio Lazzarato, “From Biopower to Biopolitics,”
-Joseph Masco, The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico (Princeton UP, 2006)
– Majia Nadesan, Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life (Routledge 2008)
-Susan Oyama, The Ontogeny of Information: Developmental Systems and Evolution(Duke UP, 2000)
– Adriana Petryna, Andrew Lakoff, and Arthur Kleinman, eds., Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices (Duke UP 2006)
-Paul Rabinow, “Artificiality and Enlightenment: From Sociobiology to Biosociality,” in Jonathan Inda, ed. Anthropology of Modernity (Blackwell 2005)
– Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life (Duke UP 2006)
-Robert Rosen, Life Itself(Columbia UP, 2005)


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