"The familiar is what we are used to, and what we are used to is the most difficult to 'know' – that is, to view as a problem, to see as strange, as distant, as 'outside us'." Frederich Nietzsche, The Gay Science
Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 -12:50 Science 216
Meg Mott firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: This class considers various contemporary strategies to make the familiar strange in order to know it. Some of our authors use Marxist analysis to show the political and economic relationships between seemingly distant peoples. Some of the authors practice the close reading of an anthropologist, providing thick descriptions of resistance, compliance and cockfights. And some of the authors make familiar and unfamiliar landscapes strange by bringing in non-human actors and super human forces.
to become intimate with the terms and visions of contemporary political theory;
to practice descriptive, argumentative, and exegetical writing;
to analyze different political situations using contemporary political theory.