COMPLIT 300 - Global Humanities
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Global Narratives of Trauma
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:


"We hear the term “trauma” invoked in the context of worldwide natural disasters, humanitarian catastrophes, and political violence. We may have even heard it used in the ongoing discussions provoked by #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo -- movements which suggest that “trauma” stems not just from an event, but can also be embedded in structures and experiences.

But what exactly is trauma? And, is it possible that one concept can satisfactorily explain global experiences of suffering in all its diversity?

This course will begin with an introduction to trauma theory and diagnosis, and their roots in Euro-American ideas about the mind, body, and society. We will then explore how narratives of trauma help -- and help complicate -- our understanding of the concept, before exploring literary texts from around the world (including the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia). These novels, short stories and poems will help us imagine the contours, challenges, and continuations of theories of trauma on a more global scale.

Course Requirements:

Assignments for this class include regular written responses (500 words), and several end-of-unit assignments. Some of the end-of-unit assignments offer the option of submitting either an academic essay or a creative project (e.g.: podcast, creative writing, etc.).

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge is required for this course. This course is open to undergraduates across all departments and programs and is recommended for upperclassmen.

Class Format:

This course will be held in-person. Regular attendance is required. If you would like to register but have accessibility concerns, please reach out so we can discuss accommodations.


COMPLIT 300 - Global Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (REC)
 In Person
W 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Course meets for the second half of the semester (October 27-December 8).
003 (REC)
 In Person
W 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets 10/25/21-12/10/21

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