Johanna Mari Van Rijswijk
Covers techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature in its various forms: poetry, drama, prose fiction, and film. Examines such features of literary meanings as imagery, characterization, narration, and patterning in sound and sense. Offered: AWSp.
FOR SUMMER 2007: Introduction to Law and Literature. This class seeks to provide students with techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature. To that end, students will read literary texts with a mind to developing their own close-reading practices. Alongside these literary texts, students will also read judgments and trial transcripts from criminal cases in both contemporary and historical periods. Thematically, we will use these legal and literary texts to think about the different ways in which the law regulates relationships between individuals and communities. We will also examine the nature of processes that function alongside and outside the law, (eg, “norms”), to discipline individuals and communities. Course work will include a demanding reading schedule, participation in class discussion, a mid-term paper and a final paper. Texts: Atwood, Alias Grace; Camus, Stranger; Dostoevsky, Memoirs from the House of the Dead; Golding, Lord of the Flies; Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird; Foucault, Discipline and Punish (excerpts)
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