CICS 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Section: 003 Literature and Human Rights
Term: FA 2010
Subject: International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
Department: LSA II: International Institute
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior standing or above.
Other Course Info:
CICS 401 can be counted only once for credit toward the Academic Minor in International Studies.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will focus on the relationship of the categories of literature and human rights in the European, American, and Chinese contexts. The first part of the course will explore the role literature has played as a site for the contestation of human rights, specifically with respect to the history of censorship. The literary history of both China and Western societies offers a rich field for exploring how, in many different times and places, the expression of ideas has provoked a violent or intolerant reaction on the part of authorities. We will examine the nature of the challenge posed by works of the imagination in order to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the anatomy of human rights conflicts more generally. For this part of the course, we will read a selection of well-known "banned books" from a variety of contexts, as well as studies of the history of literary censorship.

We will then turn in the second part of the course to literary and philosophical traditions in Chinese and Western societies that have informed discussions of human rights issues in the modern period. Foundational texts of the European Enlightenment have provided the cornerstone of one version of modern human rights discourse; much recent writing has placed this discourse in conversation with the Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist traditions of East Asia. We will consider representative works arising out of both sets of traditions in order to develop a comparative, interdisciplinary framework for reflecting on the continuing co-evolution of ideals of human rights in a broad global context.

CICS 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: An instructor has not been assigned
002 (SEM)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0199540616
The analects, Author: Confucius ; translated with an introduction and notes by Raymond Dawson., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 1605060305
Thomas Paine collection : and use Common sense, Rights of Man, Age of reason, An essay on dream, Biblical blasphemy, Examination of the prophecies, Author: by Thomas Paine., Publisher: Forgotten Books 2007
ISBN: 0199555249
The nun, Author: Denis Diderot ; translated with an introduction and notes by Russell Goulbourne., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 0802170447
Serve the people!, Author: Yan Lianke ; translated by Julia Lovell., Publisher: Black Cat 2007
ISBN: 0393331997
Inventing human rights : a history, Author: Lynn Hunt., Publisher: W. W. Norton 1st ed. 2008
ISBN: 0140455485
The real story of Ah-Q and other tales of China : the complete fiction of Lu Xun, Author: Lu Xun ; translated with an introduction by Julia Lovell ; with an afterword by Yiyun Li., Publisher: Penguin 2009
ISBN: 0141439491
Gulliver's travels, Author: Jonathan Swift ; edited with an introduction and notes by Robert DeMaria., Publisher: Penguin Reprinted 2003
ISBN: 0140455108
Candide, or, Optimism, Author: Voltaire ; translated and edited by Theo Cuffe ; with an introduction by Michael Wood., Publisher: Penguin 2005
ISBN: 0898752132
The family, Author: by Pa Chin ; translated by Sidney Shapiro ; illustrations by Liu Tan-Chai., Publisher: University Press of the Pacific 2001
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