ENGL 383 Spring 2015 Representing History

Cross Listed as HIST399, COMP383
Moments of political turmoil expose the highly charged ways in which a culture structures itself around a narrative past. In this course, we will read literary and cinematic works that invoke such moments of upheaval--the French and Russian Revolutions as well as those of 1848, the rise of fascism and the Great Depression of the 1930s, the battle for Algerian independence, the AIDS crisis, among others--in order to explore those fraught narratives of the past. We will consider such issues as the rise of the historical novel, the aesthetics of fascism and of democracy under pressure, fantasies of decolonization, representational clashes of culture, forms of affective and sexual disorientation, and the uses of melancholy in representing historical loss. Readings will be drawn from literary works by Edgeworth, Scott, Shelley, Balzac, Eliot, Conrad, Kafka, Babel, Mann, Borges, Stoppard, Kushner, Morrison, Pahmuk, Bolano, and Philip, and theoretical essays by Kant, Burke, Carlyle, Marx, Benjamin, Lukacs, Adorno, Foucault, de Certeau, Jameson, Lefort and Ahmed. Films will include such works as Eisenstein's October, Reifenstahl's The Blue Light, Wellman's Nothing Sacred and Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two essays, 8-10 pages
Additional Info: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: Junior and senior English and Comparative Literature majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3696
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
ENGL 383 - 01 (S) SEM Representing History Division 1: Languages and the Arts Anita R. Sokolsky
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM 3696
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