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ENGL 4514 Literature and the Political:War&Human Body (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

What are the consequences to the human body in a situation of war? Using Michel Foucaults theories of Biopower as a guide, we will view war as the paradigm of contemporary force relations, as the organizing principle of society. We will take up themes such as the problem of internal displacement, conditions of refugees camps, the travails of migrants, war and psychic trauma, suicide bombers, children in armed struggle, sexual war crimes, and the efficacy of international law. We will read contemporary literature and much theory by figures such as Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Cathy Caruth, Malcolm X, etc.


Instructor(s): Kalpana Seshadri

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Two papers, final exam and class presentations.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13