|Semester and Year||SP 2013|
|Time||4:55 PM - 6:10 PM|
|Foundation Requirement||HUM, PREMOD|
What is the relation of the family to larger structures of community and of state? Do kinship bonds provide a model for those of community or must they be superseded in the interest of a more enlightened state? To what degree do contemporary aspirations for gender equality entail a radical renovation of our understanding of the family? We consider these questions through a close reading of ancient texts, from the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions, which we read in conjunction with some contemporary thinkers on kinship and the state. Primary readings include: Aeschylus Oresteia , Sophocles Oedipus Tyrannus and Antigone , Euripides Ion , Plato Republic 5 , Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae , Longus Daphnis and Chloe , Genesis and Exodus , Paul Letter to the Galatians , Martyrdom of Perpetua , Shakespeare Measure for Measure , John Henry Noyes Bible Communism ; theoretical texts include: Freud Totem and Taboo , and selections from Engels, Lévi-Strauss, G. Rubin, P. Clastres, and J. Butler.
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)