Query: Upcoming Courses on Cavell?


[Posted by BR]

Toril Moi (Duke University) — who, with her colleague Sarah Beckwith, has been running an exciting working group at Duke on “Ordinary Language Philosophy and the Aesthetic” — will be teaching a graduate seminar this fall on Stanley Cavell’s The Claim of Reason. In an email to me, she mentioned that it would be nice to know if anyone else is teaching courses devoted to Cavell in the next year or so, and she suggested that I post a query on this blog to find out. I thought this was a great idea: so, I would be grateful if you would take a moment and email me to let me know if you (or someone you know, or just know of) will be teaching a course — either in 2009-10 or 2010-11 — in which substantial time (even if not the whole term) will be devoted to Cavell’s writings. In 2010-11, I myself plan to teach a course on the essays collected in Must We Mean What We Say?, and I too would love to find out who else out there will be devoting significant class time to Cavell’s work.

I will post the results on this blog sometime later this month. Thanks for your help!

2 thoughts on “Query: Upcoming Courses on Cavell?

  1. Just a note that I am currently teaching a graduate course at the University of Virginia that includes Cavell’s _Must We Mean What We Say?_ and Wittgenstein’s _On Certaint,._ among other books. In the past I have done versions of this course but have used Cavell’s _The Claim of Reason_ to good effect, I think, judging by the student’s papers. I intend to be teaching this course regularly in the future, and intend also to go return to _The Claim of Reason_ in the context of what Ken Dauber and I have called “ordinary language criticism.” In that last regard people might want to look at my _Rhetorical Investigations: Studies in Ordinary Language Criticism_ (U of Virginia Press, 2004).

  2. (Prompted by Walter’s posting:)
    I’ll be teaching a course devoted to Cavell in the spring, in conjunction with our Cavelleria Siracusa series of events at Le Moyne. I’ll also be returning to a core senior seminar modeled after Stanley’s MR 34 course at Harvard (whose life in print is *Cities of Words*). Ours goes by the name “Movies, Remarriage, and Unknownness” and includes Von Trier’s *Breaking the Waves” and (this time, possibly) Kaufman’s *Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.*

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