2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CMLT 009 - Narritive of Human Rights

This course analyzes the historical evolution of human rights in Western Europe through literary texts. We will focus on significant events in history that lead to the development of human rights, particularly the French Revolution and the Holocaust, while thinking about what aspects of modernity and, especially, gender complicate our understanding of human rights. We will read Charles Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities,  short stories by Franz Kafka, the diary of Anne Frank, and Romain Gary’s The Life before Us. All texts will be read in English, but we will be particularly interested in the way that language and culture inflect the understanding of human rights. An integral part of the course will consist of field trips to such destinations as the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the Anne Frank Educational Center in Frankfurt, Germany.

Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) Designation: LP

Anticipated Terms Offered: May 2015