The Syllabus of My Imagination

Every now and then I muse about the required reading for a seminar in the sort of rhetorical/pragmatic/semiological hermeneutics I advocate. This morning, the reading list would include

And, of course, sundry things that I’ve written. Sorry that some of these items are so expensive.
What have I left out? Some of you know me well enough to be able to remind me.

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14 Responses to The Syllabus of My Imagination

  1. Dan McClain says:

    Plato’s Ion seems to fit the bill. It’s funny, too.

  2. AKMA says:

    Funny is good. Which reminds me of Lyotard’s ‘Sur la force des faibles’, of which I once upon a time made a translation.

  3. Christopher says:

    What, no Blanchot (e.g. The Writing of the Disaster) or Deleuze’s Logic of Sense? The list has a lot of the ‘classics’ which generally bodes well.

  4. AKMA says:

    Christopher, I came by Deleuze after I was already pretty well tracked, so he didn’t come to mind as immediately — but that’s right. And I must confess to being innocent of Blanchot, so now I have something more to chew on.

  5. AKMA says:

    Lakoff and Johnson, Metaphors We Live By
    Frank Kermode, The Art of Telling (US) or Essays on Fiction 1971-82 (UK)
    Nicholas Lash, Theology on the Way to Emmaus

  6. Judy S-N says:

    And this class would span how many semesters?

  7. Laura says:

    Understanding Comics sounds like a fab one to read.

  8. AKMA says:

    @Judy: As many as it takes!
    @Laura: It’s a classic, a real landmark — it started a series of intense arguments among comics authors.
    Plus, Margaret remembered that I should include
    Jane Tompkins, ‘Indians: Texualism, Morality, and the Problem of History’
    Terry Castle, ‘Contagious Folly: An Adventure and its Skeptics’ (also in Questions of Evidence a terrific book as well)
    and Henry Louis Gates, ‘“Authenticity’, Or The Lesson of Little Tree
    [Later: G. E. M. Anscombe, Intention]

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  11. AKMA says:

    Roland Barthes, Mythologies.
    Barthes, Elements of Semiology
    Barthes, Image-Music-Text

  12. Nate Dawson says:

    Along with all the other things I am reading right now, I started Augustine, De Doctrina Christiana books 1 & 2. In the light of what I have read in modern / post-modern hermeneutics, phenomenology, and existentialism, I clearly read Augustine with some non-traditional lenses. For example, folks in Grand Rapids Michigan love to quote Augustine as their source for Calvinistic / western thought.

  13. AKMA says:

    Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson, Relevance: Communication and Cognition

    Dan Sperber, Rethinking Symbolism

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