Seminar on Glas, Session III: Rethinking Sexual Difference through the Literature of Jean Genet

October 29, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Andrés Henao Castro; M.D. Murtagh

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A new translation of Jacques Derrida's Glas (or "Clang") has given us the opportunity to revisit this groundbreaking experimental text. In Glas, Derrida juxtaposes readings of Hegel and Jean Genet in pursuit of a form of difference that resists dialectical synthesis, while helping us to understand the kind of work that is mourning, and the kind of mourning that is perhaps involved in any kind of work. Led by a set of interdisciplinary feminist theorists (Ranjana Khanna, Tina Chanter, Caroline Rooney, MD Murtagh and Andrés Fabián Henao Castro), we will focus on how to understand the challenge that the presence of the corpse represents for the living (Session 1), expand on Derrida's analysis of Hegel's fetishizing of Africa (Session 2), and rethink sexual difference through Derrida's reading of Genet's literature (Session 3).


For the seminar on Glas, you can use either the old Nebraska translation, if you have it already, or get the new translation from Minnesota Press, titled, Clang, which is also more affordable. Primary sections for this seminar session are listed below:

Nebraska Edition (Glas). Right column on Jean Genet of pages 141-189
Minnesota Edition (Clang). Right column on Jean Genet of pages 160-212

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