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Tragedy and Affect
CHUM 368
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CCIV 368, GOVT 356

How do we respond to mass violence, natural disaster, and personal misfortune as members of collectives and as individuals? How are the emotions connected to the experience of tragedy affected by time, culture, and political climate? The affective landscape of tragedy provides a microcosm for examining aesthetic, social, and political questions, and texts in this interdisciplinary course will include literature, drama, philosophy, and political theory. We will examine the complex emotions related to devastation, renewal, and justice, beginning with Aeschylus' ORESTEIA and Euripides' HECUBA and continuing with contemporary events, including apartheid in South Africa, the Vietnam War, and Hurricane Katrina. The Greek plays will serve as an entry point for an examination of anger, pity, fear, shame, and joy and their role in defining social roles and shaping institutionalized responses.

Essential Capabilities: Effective Citizenship, Ethical Reasoning
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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