|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Figures of Refusal: Work and the Politics of Not Doing
- Course Number: ENGL 197
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- Advisory Enrollment Information:
This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
- Quarter: Fall 2016
How is work, and refusing to work, shown in modern literature? This seminar studies the cultural meaning of work and the refusal of the work ethic in 19th, 20th, and 21st century texts. In Western modernity work has always been presented as one of the chief sources of identity for the individual: we “are” what we do at work. The class will examine what kind of subjectivity is created through work as well as its refusal in a number of texts including Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener”, Kafka’ “The Metamorphosis”, Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pecuchet, Monica Ali’s Brick Road. What is the relationship between work and life, work and happiness, work and identity today? How has it changed since the 19th century? How can life, and work, be redefined at the time of scarcity? Together with the novels we will read criticism (Paul Lafargue, Franco Berardi, Kathi Weeks), and watch films by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Ken Loach, Leila Kilani).