COMPLIT 790 - Seminar in Literary Theory
Section: 001 Revolution as Tragedy and Farce
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
2 - 3
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will explore the question of revolution/rebellion in modern theory and literature. Readings will include Schiller, Büchner, C.L.R. James, Fanon, Camus, Arendt, Weiss, Foucault, Badiou, Negri, and others. Students will be encouraged to contribute theoretical, literary, artistic, cinematic and other material from 21st-century movements. The following famous quote is a good starting point: "Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language. Thus Luther put on the mask of the Apostle Paul, the Revolution of 1789-1814 draped itself alternately in the guise of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and the Revolution of 1848 knew nothing better to do than to parody, now 1789, now the revolutionary tradition of 1793-95.

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COMPLIT 790 - Seminar in Literary Theory
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001 (SEM)
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32659
Open
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M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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