Comparative Literature | Violence in Literature and Film
C205 | 9802 | Dr. K. Tsai


What drives a human being to kill, torture, or commit suicide? How can
art turn violent death into an act of beauty, whether through
philosophy, idealization, or other means of transformation? This
course explores the theme of violence in literature and film across
genres, cultures, and national traditions, with emphasis on developing
ability in close reading and in formal, narratological, and cultural
analysis. Includes authors/works such as Seneca’s Madness of Hercules,
Thomas Chatterton, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Yukio Mishima, Donna
Tartt’s Secret History, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, and Rocky I.