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Inventing the Criminal: Literature and Criminality
GRST 276
Fall 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 293

In this course we will examine the figure of the criminal as it was constituted by jurisprudence, medicine, and literature as the object of social control, medical intervention, and, not at least of all, narration in the course of the 19th century. We will study literary representations of crime and criminals from Romanticism to realism and naturalism, looking at questions of form, genre, and narrativity. In addition, we will confront these literary representations with judicial and psychological definitions of criminality and study their interrelation at the level of the narrative strategies invoked in the portrayal of the criminal. This course will introduce students to the literature of the long 19th century and will draw on the methods of a critical theory of culture. Readings and discussions in English

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: close textual analysis and contextualizing comprehension will be integral components of this course.
Intercultural Literacy: The course will critically explore different textual genres, cultural and scientific discourses (Law, Psychology, Literature)
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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