ENCR 981-2 (Schedule # 303MV)
University of Virginia
Fall 2005
332 Bryan :: MW 11:00am-12:15pm
Mr. David Golumbia
Office: 304B Bryan
Fall 2005 Office Hours: MW 9:45-10:45am, W 12:30-1:30pm, & by appt

Poststructuralism: Derrida and Spivak

This is an intensive seminar in contemporary poststructuralist theory. This semester's reading will focus on two figures particularly associated with deconstruction, Jacques Derrida and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. We will trace out the particular line of argument centering on ethnocentrism, language, and responsibility which, arguably, Spivak teases out of Derrida's texts. This course presumes a basic familiarity with poststructuralist theory. Limited to PhD students beyond the first year or instructor's permission.

Required texts (available at UVa Bookstore)

Texts on toolkit

Coursework and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based primarily on course participation and on a final paper on an issue raised by the course. Seminar participants will provide brief summaries of 2 course readings during the semester:


Weds Aug 24. Introduction.

Mon Aug 29. Derrida, "Force and Signification," "Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences" (both in WD)
Wed Aug 31. Derrida, "Freud and the Scene of Writing," "From Restricted to General Economy: A Hegelianism without Reserve," "La Parole Soufflée" (all in WD)

Mon Sep 05. Derrida, "The Ends of Man" (MP)
Wed Sep 07. Derrida, "White Mythology: Metaphor in the Text of Philosophy" (MP)

Mon Sep 12. Derrida, "Tympan," "Différance" (both in MP)
Wed Sep 14. Derrida, "The Supplement of Copula: Philosophy before Linguistics," "The Linguistic Circle of Geneva," "Form and Meaning: A Note on the Phenomenology of Language" (all in MP)

Mon Sep 19. Derrida, "Before the Law," "Ulysses Gramaphone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce" (both in AL)
Wed Sep 21. Derrida, "From Shibboleth: For Paul Celan," "This Strange Institution Called Literature" (both in AL)

Mon Sep 26. Derrida, Of Spirit, Chapters I-V
Wed Sep 28. Derrida, Of Spirit, Chapters VI-X

Mon Oct 03. No class. Reading day
Wed Oct 05. Derrida, "At This Very Moment In This Work Here I Am"

Mon Oct 10. Class 12. Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other, pp. 1-44
Wed Oct 12. Class 13. Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other, pp. 45-end

Mon Oct 17. Class 13. Derrida, Archive Fever, pp. 1-31
Wed Oct 19. Class 14. Derrida, Archive Fever, pp. 32-end

Mon Oct 24. Class 15. Derrida, "Force of Law," Part I
Wed Oct 26. Class 16. Derrida, "Force of Law," Part II-end

Mon Oct 31. Class 17. Spivak, "Righting Wrongs"
Wed Nov 02. Class 18. Spivak, Critique of Postcolonial Reason, Chapter 1

Mon Nov 07. Class 19. Spivak, Critique of Postcolonial Reason, Chapters 2-3
Wed Nov 09. Class 20. Spivak, Critique of Postcolonial Reason, Chapter 4, Appendix

Mon Nov 14. Class 21. Spivak, "Marginality in the Teaching Machine," "Woman in Difference," "Not Virgin Enough to Say that S[he] Occupies the Space of the Other" (all in OTM)
Wed Nov 16.Class 22. Spivak, "Feminism and Deconstruction, Again: Negotiations," "Limits and Openings of Marx in Derrida," "The Politics of Translation" (all in OTM)

Mon Nov 21. No class. Thanksgiving holiday
Wed Nov 23. No class. Thanksgiving holiday

Mon Nov 28. Class 23. Spivak, Death of a Discipline, Chapters 1-2
Wed Nov 30. Class 24. Spivak, Death of a Discipline, Chapter 3

Mon Dec 05. Class 25. Spivak, "Responsibility"

Final paper due in my mailbox in Bryan Hall by 5pm, Wednesday December 14.

Last updated August 26, 2005 .