Inventing the Criminal: Literature and Criminality|
Fall 2011 not offered
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 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
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)
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Friedrich Schiller, THE CRIMINAL FROM LOST HONOR; Heinrich von Kleist, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS; E.T.A. Hoffmann, MADEMOISELLE DE SCUDERI; Anselm Feuerbach, NARRATIVES OF REMARKABLE CRIMINAL TRIALS; Georg Büchner, WOYZECK; Guy de Maupassant, LITTLE LOUISE ROQUE; Robert Louis Stevenson, THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE; Gerhard Hauptmann, LINEMAN THIEL
Films: Fritz Lang, M
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses and three essays (4 - 5 pages). Regular participation is expected.
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