Survival Crafts -- Remembering Catastrophe
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How can we read in the wake of catastrophe? How does society remember – or forget – its traumatic histories? In this course, we will examine the nature of what we consider catastrophic, and explore how literature and film serve as collective remembrance of the past. Readings in this course will include texts (novels, short stories, and poetry) and films that depict a range of devastating historical events, such as revolutions, natural disasters, genocide, and forced displacement.
This course is designed to fulfill the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement. The primary goal of this course is to develop students’ reading and writing skills through a series of assignments that will provide them with the opportunity to formulate observations made in class discussions into coherent argumentative essays. Emphasis will be placed on the refinement of effective sentence, paragraph, and thesis formation, keeping in mind the notion of writing as a process.
French R1A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Classes are conducted in ENGLISH.