a Note on Language and Subject Matter

Obscene language, vulgar language, profane language—by now you all know what I’m talking about. This language will be inescapable in our course.

Of course, this does not mean that we are licensed to direct such language at each other: to quote language is one thing, to speak it another.

Moreover, all of us do not stand in the same relation to particular terms; in the case of words that carry with them histories of violence and prejudice, we will be particularly careful.

If encounters with this sort of language make you genuinely uncomfortable, to the extent that they affect your ability to learn, please let me know as soon as possible; I will endeavor to make accommodations.

And if particular representations (of sexuality, violence, etc) cause you distress, again, please let me know, the sooner the better!