Comparative Literature | Topics in Cross-Cultural Stds
C670 | 26355 | Prof. Fernanda Gil Costa


Department of Comparative Literature- Fall, 2007

Topics in Cross-Cultural Stds
Topic: Narratives of Evil
CMLT-C 670/26355    9:30-10:45     TWR

above class meets first eight weeks only
above class meets with CMLT-C 400

Ever since the appearance of the Bible and the greek tragedies,
Western thought went on depicting the existence of metaphysical evil
as a source of unbearable and unjustified pain and suffering for
human beings. Kant was the first to bring about a turn in this
tradition, defending the existence of  radical evil but seeing its
origin in human fragility and finitude, rather than in God’s will
and determination.

Starting with “The Book of Job” and “King Oedipus”, the aim of this
seminar is to reflect upon the testimonies about postmetaphysical
evil in Western narrative and worldview, as it has been presented
and re-presented in modern and postmodern literary works, such
as “Faust” (Goethe), “The Jewel in the Crown” (P. Scott: “Raj
Quartett”), “Waiting for the Barbarians” (Coetzee), “Creole”
(English translation of “Nação Crioula”, Jose Agualusa) and “The Bay
of Tigers” ( English translation of “A Baía dos Tigres”,  Pedro
Mendes Rosa).