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literature, society, discipline, control, panopticon
Optics is central to the arts of producing human subjects and governing our spatiotemporal deployment of vital forces. Yet, in the transition of societies from industrial to post-industrial modes of production, there seems to have occurred a parallel shift in governmental focus from merely producing and disciplining subjects at the material level to controlling them at the ideological. In this discussion-driven course, we will turn to works of theory and fiction in order to examine the basic tenets of discipline and control and consider the extent to which these social practices diverge and converge in our present era.
Southward, Christopher, "Course Syllabus (SP15) COLI 214 Literature & Society: "Societies of Discipline and Control"" (2015). Comparative Literature Faculty Scholarship. 21.
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