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HGS 520 - Genocide in Literature and Art

Through encounters with biography, autobiography, fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as with film, documentary, photography, the visual arts, and music, students become familiar with a broad range of depictions of genocide. Literature and art are not only forms of expression in response to inhumanity, but can also contribute to the dehumanization of groups who become victims of genocide. The course will also discuss how perpetrators have depicted victims in literature and art, how genocides can be misrepresented, and how stereotypes are reified in texts on genocide. Literary theorist Edward Said’s conception of “the Other” and how it applies to texts on genocide will also be discussed.