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The New World Bites Back: Cannibalism and the Colonial Encounter
FREN 317
Fall 2022
Section: 01  

What is the cannibal? Perhaps it makes us think of Hannibal Lecter or zombies from Dawn of the Dead. How do we understand the horror and fascination the cannibal, whose monstrosity depends in some sense on its humanity? An emblematic figure of the tension between alterity and resemblance, this course examines the diverse political, cultural, literary and economic representations of cannibalism that underly the relationship between Europe and the "New World."

Major Readings: Montaigne's "Des Cannibales," Voltaire's Candide, Dutertre's Histoire des Antilles, Marx, Capital (excerpts) Aimé Césaire's Une Tempête, Suzanne Césaire's Le Grand camouflage. 40-50 pages of reading per week.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(GLEN-MN)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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