In-Humanity: Cruelty/Literature/Media Syllabus

Fall 2022
Brigitte Stepanov
FREN 4813A
FREN 8803B

“In-Humanity: Cruelty/Literature/Media” is broken up into various categories of violence (war, massacre, genocide, ecological collapse) via literature, diverse media, and policy. We’ll be reading a novel, a graphic novel, short stories, and excerpts from theoretical texts, as well as looking at photographs and videos to investigate both historical and contemporary conflicts and upheavals. Case studies include WWII, the Algerian War, the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and instances of contemporary cruelty to better understand the cultural, political, and social ramifications of global conflict – and what ethical solutions we might find moving forward. An event with The Carter Center and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, open to all in the GT and greater Atlanta community, will be organized within the context of this course!

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