Global Humanities

Course Number: ENGL 36
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 36
Quarter: Winter 2013
Instructor: Carlson, Julie
Day(s): MW
Time: 5:00 - 6:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1119

What do literature, philosophy, and critical theory contribute to the practice of and reflection on human rights and to the analysis of their violation? Do literature, philosophy, and related textual practices have the ability to reframe the debate on human rights? If so, what are the innovations and challenges? What are the conditions for fiction to serve as a social force that would result in legislation? This class will address the fundamentally literary structure of testimony by exploring several works of fiction that treat various crimes against humanity.  Texts include Death and the Maiden, Poems from Guantanamo, Waiting for the Barbarian.