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Jargonary

posted Jan 3, 2012, 2:40 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Mar 12, 2016, 11:36 PM ]
Being a graduate student means not only walking the walk, but talking the talk.  There are many terms that you will hear (especially in the Gilman cafeteria), and you should know what they mean.  Many people get them wrong...  Here is a partial list.  Choose one, and try to tell the rest of us what it means (in no more than TEN minutes), and then we'll all work together to come up with a more precise (and useful) definition:

  • imagined communities
  • Orientalism
  • the invention of tradition
  • narrative 
  • linguistic turn 
  • multiculturalism 
  • cultural relativism 
  • epistemology
  • Counter-Enlightenment 
  • anarchism 
  • collective memory
  • semiotics 
  • gender
  • symbolism 
  • discourse
  • epigraphy 
  • queer theory 
  • historicism
  • agency
  • deconstruction 
  • post-colonialism
  • anarchism
  • structuralism and post-structuralism
  • discipline
  • rhizomes
  • generationism 
  • hermeneutics
...and other terms that you can suggest.
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