Collins Living Learning Center | Let Them Eat Brains: Cannibalism and Identity
L210 | 7937 | --


This course will examine the symbolic role of cannibalism in text and film and the way in
which the act of eating human becomes a defining and delimiting act in the formation of a
cultural or personal identity.  Cannibals live at the borders of 'civilized society'. They are
humans, yet they are seen as outcasts, even non-human, because they violate one of the
great taboos of modern society, namely the eating of another human's flesh. Students will
discover how the shock and taboos associated with cannibalism reveal not only the anxieties
of the author and/or intended audience, but also how they play an essential role in our
understanding of ourselves as civilized, cultured (wo)men.