The Invention of French Theory: A History of Transatlantic Intellectual Life since 1945's Full Profile
In the decades following the Second World War, a cluster of extraordinary French thinkers were widely translated and read in American universities. Their works were soon labeled as "French Theory." Why would sharing the same nationality make authors such as Lacan, Cixous, Derrida, Foucault or Debord, ambassadors of a specifically "French" theory? The course will explore the maze of transatlantic intellectual debates since 1945 and the heyday of French existentialism. We will study the debates on communism, decolonization, neoliberalism, gender, youth culture and mass media. This course is taught in English.
Feb 01, 2012
to May 25, 2012
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: Beginner
- Size: Massive Open Online Course
- Instructor: Prof. Bruno Perreau
- Cost: Free
- Institution: MIT OCW
- Topics: General History
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