2007 OS Literature and Our PostSecular Condition
Re-Scheduling our Seminar from Monday, April 30, onwards
Please Note: From Monday, April 30, 2007, onwards, our seminar will be taking place at the new time of Monday, 10-12 h. Our venue will remain the same: A10 1-121a. Note also: The meeting on Wed, April 25, at 18-20 h will still take place as planned.
Oberseminar / Kolloquium Kirchhofer (mit Simons): Literature and our (Post)Secular Condition, Mi 18-20
Our point of departure will be the sudden and massive critical interest which the topic of religion has found lately. Is religion really about to “replace the triumvirate of race, class and gender as the center of intellectual energy in the academy” as Stanley Fish has predicted? Will the ‘postmodern condition’ give way to a ‘postsecular condition’? And what might be the consequences for the secular self-conception of Western societies and for the role which literature has had in this self-conception? Our seminar offers an opportunity to address these questions both in a current and a historical perspective. We will look at the recent theoretical attention which the religious and the secular have received (the choice ranges from Foucault, Derrida or Habermas to ethnologists like Talal Asad), but we propose also to explore historical perspectives that extend between Jonathan Swift’s A Tale of a Tub (1704) and Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses (1988). Our precise programme will be agreed on at the beginning of the semester. This course is open to students who have an interest in current issues in criticism and theory. It may also be used in order to prepare one topic for an oral exam. Please note: enrolment is not via Stud.IP. Please register in person.
April 25, 2007
- Asad, Formations of the Secular Intro
- Stanley Fish "One University, Under God?", The Chronicle of Higher Education 51:18 (January 7, 2005).
April 30, 2007
May 7, 2007
May 14, 2007
May 21, 2007
Christopher Saur, a German Printer in Philadelphia.
- Klare und gewisse Wahrheit Ps. 119. v. 160. Titum 1, 9. Betreffend den eigendlichen Zustand, so wohl der wahren friedliebenden Christen und Gottesfürchtigen, als auch der verfallenen, Streit- oder Kriegs-Süchtigen, zusammt ihrer beyder Hoffnung und Ausgang (Germantown: Christopher Sower, 1747)
- Plain Truth 1747?
June 4, 2007
June 11, 2007
George Eliot's Middlemarch and Auguste Comte, Session 1
June 18, 2007
George Eliot and Auguste Comte, Session 2
- Comte's "Calendrier Positiviste" from 1854, (poor quality, sorry Joern Esch 14:41, 15 June 2007 (CEST))
June 25, 2007
Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Session 1
As you might have heard, Salman Rushdie has been knighted recently. His knighthood has attracted several controversies. If you are interested in that, here are some links to some recent Guardian articles. These are organised chronologically:
- "Literary world applauds Rushdie knighthood":
- "Rushdie knighthood 'justifies suicide attacks'":
- "Rushdie honour insults Islam, Iran says":
- "Rushdie knighthood rekindles 18-year-old controversy":
- "Rushdie furore stuns honours committee":
- Letters: "Fatwas and literary freedoms":
- "Reid cites Life of Brian over Rushdie award":
July 2, 2007
Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Session 2
July 9, 2007
Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Session 3
July 16, 2007
Jacques Derrida's Religious Thinking
- Derrida, Jacques: Faith and Knowledge. The two "Sources" of Religion at the Limits of Reason alone, 1998