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25302 : A Still Life: Feminists and Objects in Modernity

Description: Modernity has always been fascinated by the fantasy of objects coming to life. Feminist theory, by contrast, has often been fixated on the reverse: "objectification," or the process of human beings becoming like objects. This course puts into conversation these two different ways of imagining animate object-ness in order to assemble a critical archive on one of modernity's foundational binaries: the "subject-object" dichotomy. We will examine a series of genres that prominently feature objects, including it-narratives, narratives about robotic women, and video games, while consider these texts in relation to prominent feminist writings about objectification. (Theory, Fiction)

Instructor(s): Katherine Nolan

Offered: Spring 2020

Category: Elective

Cluster(s): Games, Digital Moving Image