COMPLIT 374 - Literature and the Body
Winter 2017, Section 001 - Violence Against the Body in Theory and Film
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Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course explores the issues of gender based violence. The primary course material consists of a wide range of films from around the globe, as well as key theoretical texts that focus on domestic assaults, rape, human trafficking, as well as various forms of social, epistemic and media violence targeting women and their bodies. We will not forget the self-harm to which women are driven and the pressures that cause them to turn on their own bodies. Among the topics in the center of the course are masculinities, objectification and control of the female body, intersections of race, sex, culture and class in gender relations, as well as the politics and economy of violence against women. Some of the main questions the course probes are forms, origin and meanings of gender violence; the effects of being perpetrators and/or recipients of violence, as well as societal and media response to gender violence. Finally, we will analyze whether our course material demonstrates a critical stance against violence, about how to resist and stop it, or whether it is a pessimistic reaction against an unsolvable and increasingly global problem.

Course Requirements:

A very active participation in class discussions, student presentation and a final paper.


COMPLIT 374 - Literature and the Body
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001 (SEM)
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WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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