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GERM 1166 The Quest for Justice: Kafka and Kleist (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The term "poetic justice" implies that when we are wronged, literature can put it right even if our environment cannot. In this course, we read two of Germany's most enigmatic authors: Heinrich von Kleist and Franz Kafka. Though hailing from two different centuries, both grapple with the task of defining a universal standard of justice in a diverse world. Is there really justice for all when racism and sexism inform not only our thinking but also our social institutions? Can we ever really know what justice is, after we realize that all human knowledge is subjective?


Instructor(s): Rachel Freudenburg

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL1166

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Last Updated: 02-Jun-15