COMPLIT 490 - Comparative Cultural Studies
Section: 001 Memory and Media
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The theme of this class is memory and its various vehicles of representation across cultures, literatures, and media. How we remember, individually and collectively, is a window into who and what we are. In this course we shall consider how memory is created through a story looping back on its own past, in examples ranging from the novel and memoir to film, music and painting as well as neurology, psychoanalysis and philosophy.

We will encompass a wide range of examples from various regions of the world including Cukor (Gaslight), Sachs (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat), Levi (If This Be a Man), Sebald (Vertigo), Barthes (Camera Lucida), Renoir ( A Day in the Country), Perec (W, or the Memory of Childhood), Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and Strapati (Persepolis I and II).

Memory will then become a way of understanding the different capacities and characteristics of these various media, how they variously picture and explore, recapitulate and redact memory, or in the case of public events: memorials, memorialization, ritual. From traumatic recall (personal/political), to public consciousness to the ordinary texture of memory versus forgetting through which people can and do live, the course will be a multi-media and cross-cultural excursion into memory’s haunting. The course will end with the way the modern nation state, including decolonizing and transitional states outside of Europe and America create or remake their heritages (heritage being a form of public memory), the example being the South Africa of the 1990s.

COMPLIT 490 - Comparative Cultural Studies
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001 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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