ENGL 218 Spring 2013 Forms of Violence (W)

"It seems that the appetite for pictures showing bodies in pain is almost as keen as the desire for ones that show bodies naked." When Susan Sontag made this claim she was referring to photographs. She could just as well have been talking about poetry or film. In this course we will consider stories, plays and movies that take up, in one way or another, the problem of aestheticized cruelty. We will ask how art might help us to understand various forms of violence--domestic, random, state-sponsored--and how violence may help us to understand art. Works to be studied will include: Oedipus, The Bacchae, Othello, Orson Welles's A Touch of Evil, and David Russell's Three Kings. We will also read stories and novels by Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, and J.M. Coetzee.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: five short essays, including one revision
Additional Info: not available as Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the AP Exam in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: advanced first-year students, sophomores, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway
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Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: CRAAS Critical Reasoning + Analytical Skills, ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3596
ENGL218-01(S) SEM Forms of Violence (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive John E. Kleiner
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Griffin 1 3596
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