COMP 345
Museums, Memorials, and Monuments: The Representation and Politics of Memory
Last Offered Fall 2012
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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In the past 25 years, we have seen an extraordinary boom in museum, memorial and monument building around the world. In this class, we will explore what this growth means to cultural practices of memory and global politics. We will explore questions posed by leading scholars in museum and cultural studies such as: Why is there a “global rush to commemorate atrocities” (Paul Williams)? Why do we live in a “voracious museal culture” and how does this impact our ability to imagine the future (Andreas Huyssen)? We look at museum history and recent museum controversies. We will analyze debates surrounding memorials and monuments. In addition to our work on institutions, we will also read a number of novels that claim to do the work of museums (Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence) and that interrupt processes of memorialization (Amy Waldman’s The Submission).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1378
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: response papers, case studies and a final essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I

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