Comparative Literature | Comparative Literary Analysis: Violence in Literature
C205 | 8136 | K. Tsai

3 cr
MWF 12:00-2:00
Fulfills A&H Distribution Credit & Intensive Writing Requirement

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
Thyestes, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Yukio Mishima, Fight Club,
Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, and Rocky I.