RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 007 Children Under Fire
Term: FA 2013
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, HU
Waitlist Capacity:
15
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Suffering and remembering longest, children lose most in war. Children Under Fire examines how authors of children's books represent the language of trauma. Writers and illustrators have to overcome the natural reluctance to tell young readers that evil is real, instead of pretending it is a nightmare that can be dispelled by turning on the light. At the same time painful interaction between child and adult in the juvenile war story can also expose violent ambivalences underlying cultural fantasies of childhood. The course studies how trauma — something that happens as a consequence of war — is represented as objective fact and subjective experience in a literature of atrocity. What is the relationship between the kinds of truth embodied by historical fact, historical novels and fairy tales? What are the uses of transference, retelling and forgetting in therapeutic language and literature? A variety of visual and verbal texts attests to the complex ethical, narrative and pedagogical issues raised by efforts to express and manage the incommunicable in books for young people.

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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21648
Closed
0
3RC Ugrd
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W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (SEM)
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24821
Open
1
4RC Ugrd
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
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26634
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3
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
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29186
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0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
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29402
Open
1
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
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29403
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (SEM)
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29412
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (SEM)
P
30059
Open
8
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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