Spring 2021 not offered
This course examines representations of harm (both received and enacted) at the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Through engagement with both artistic and social movements, we will explore questions about the ethics of representing pain. How do artists navigate depicting pain without simply reproducing violence? What constitutes an effective apology? (How) can complexly narrating the harm one has inflicted on others offer a reckoning rather than an excuse? How might we consider the relationship between identity and formal artistic choices, and how might such considerations open onto a more rigorous engagement of the social spaces texts make? How might we imagine and enact ecologies of care in the midst of ongoing histories of harm? We will consider these questions across media and genre and amidst structured self-reflection.
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Tarfia Faizullah, SEAM
Melissa Febos, WHIP SMART
Aracelis Girmay, THE BLACK MARIA
Kiese Laymon, HEAVY
Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS
Anna Deavere Smith, TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992
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This course will have (3) 3-4 page structured (self-)reflections and (1) final project (a 10-12 page paper or a creative project). Additionally, students will be asked to offer one brief presentation on a week of their choice for 10% of their grade. Class participation will count for the last 15% of total grade.
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