lecture #15 missing; lecture #16 notes on Waiting for the Barbarians

Lecture #15 missing; lecture #16 notes on Waiting for the Barbarians

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Themes: -the scopic regime of the panopticon -what Joll’s glasses symbolize -who are the third Bureau? And why does Coetzee choose to name them the “Third Bureau”? -The truth of torture. What does Joll mean by truth? -the elation between this text and the murder of activist Steve Biko -Barbarians and its relation to heart of darkness -the magistrate and the origins of the dicouse on the human sciences The two concepts of space around whip Crimes laten and manifest…. Barbarians and the law, or truth and justice revisitied The magistrate, mandel rejoining humanility Empire and time Barbarians and torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison J.m. Coetzee, wfb I have never seen anything like it: two little dics of glass suspended in front of his eyes in loops of wire. Is he blind? I could understand it if he wanted to hide blind eyes. But he is not blind. The discs are dark, they look opague for the outside but could not be seen (1) -to see but not be seen
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  • Spring '09
  • Samolsky
  • British Literature, Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, Donald Woods, Cry Freedom, Steve Biko -Barbarians

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