|Semester and Year||SP 2011|
|Time||11:00 AM - 12:15 PM|
In this research seminar we will consider both the routine violence of everyday life—what Michael Taussig has called “terror as usual”—and also more monumental, episodic forms of state and organized violence. We will try to understand what comes to count as violence and why. We will also ask what literature can do that perhaps history or philosophy cannot to help us fathom or survive violence, and to better comprehend how violence travels, passes hands, and how it might be abated. This course works across disciplines and media but close attention to language, our own and others’, is at the heart our shared project. Readings will include essays by Hannah Arendt, Dave Eggers, Jamaica Kincaid, Joe Sacco, Edward Said, and others. Students will write short weekly response papers, and they will investigate and author a final research essay on a topic of their own choosing.
First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)