College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-B01: Conflict, Terrorism Human Rght
(Summer 2016)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM MW

Robinson A412

Section Information for Summer 2016

This course will look at representations of violence, protest, and questions of human rights in international film, paying particular attention to how space and time are contested, claimed, and imagined. Covering state and anti-state violence as well as non-violent resistance, we will consider the relationship between the cultural and political complexity of most conflicts on the one hand, and the narrative demands of commercial fiction film on the other. For example: What effect does the use of heroic and/or melodramatic frameworks have on a film’s portrayal of occupation, resistance, torture, terrorism, guerrilla warfare, and civil disobedience? What does it mean to consume narratives of trauma? How have filmmakers formulated alternative languages for telling traumatic stories? In studying such representations, we will address the role that space and violence play in constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality, and how these constructions work in relation to discourses of security and crisis.

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in literature.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 201. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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