Consumption is a necessary part of life. It is through consumption of matter recognized as food and metabolic processes that human bodies sustain themselves. However, if this is one of bare life's necessities, what is there to argue about? Is the question "to consume or not to consume?" with its radical self-negating implications available to us at all and, if so, how do we pose it to not write ourselves out of existence? Investigating the cultural significance of consumption meaas to consciously pose these questions diffrently in order to go beyond any absolutist stance while keeping it in mind all the time.

This course familiarizes participants with different theories from various fields of academic inquiry grappling with 'consumption' and discusses how these may be productively applied in literary / cultural studies research.