Cultural history (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Alessandro Arcangeli
Alessandro Arcangeli
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First half of Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

To acquire familiarity with the field of cultural history, a critical competence on its intellectual vocabulary and a first introduction to its worldwide literature; to develop strategies for the interpretation of sources via this mode of enquiry.


An introduction to cultural history.
Michel Foucault and the history of sexuality: the course at the Collège de France of 1980-1981 and the three completed and published volumes of the author's project (1976-1984) - with attention to the specificities of the two different types of texts (oral lessons vs a multi-volume monograph, the result of a research developed over many years). The fourth volume (Les Aveux de la chair), whose French edition has just been published, will also be presented and discussed.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Michel Foucault Soggettività e verità. Corso al Collège de France (1980-1981) Feltrinelli 2017
Michel Foucault Storia della sessualità: 1. La volontà di sapere (Edizione 2) Feltrinelli 2013 9788807882340 qualsiasi edizione
Michel Foucault Storia della sessualità: 2. L'uso dei piaceri (Edizione 1) Feltrinelli 1984 qualsiasi edizione
Michel Foucault Storia della sessualità: 3. La cura di sé (Edizione 1) Feltrinelli 1985 qualsiasi edizione

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral interviews aimed at assessing the degree of familiarity with the issues and methods of cultural history, in the specific example of the Foucauldian history of sexuality. In particular, the following abilities will be taken into account: understanding the reference texts, reflecting on the issues therein involved and argumentation.