Writing the Body

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Writing the Body
Spring 2024
Taught By: Emma Lieber
Section: A

CRN: 14683

Credits: 4

This course examines the figure and experience of the body in literature and critical thought. How is bodily life—the experience of having a body, the pain and pleasure of having a body, its exigencies and impossibilities—given shape in literary text? How do different literary forms and genres represent the body, and in what way might genre itself be considered a bodily question? We will consider how the body is theorized by such fields as psychoanalysis, queer theory, Afropessimism, and medical humanities, and will explore both how are such matters as sexuality, illness, race, and gender are given shape within literary texts, and how they are accounted for by different theoretical bodies of thought. Texts may include those by Sigmund Freud, Julia Kristeva, Franz Kafka, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Toni Morrison, Paul Preciado, Frank Wilderson III, Judith Butler, Virginia Woolf, Frantz Fanon, Jacques Lacan, Charles Dickens, and Michel Foucault.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:00am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 458
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024