Representations of violence can be found in the earliest
representations attempted by humans. From cave paintings to The
Sopranos, we seem fascinated by violence and our representations of
it, whether those representations are clearly fictional or nearly
indistinguishable from reality. In this course, we will examine some
literary texts that attempt specifically to represent violence, and we
will consider how literary violence is often used as a metaphor for
relationships of power and domination.
The following texts are required for this class:
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and Other
Tales (Oxford, rev. 2003) 0192801724
Hadas, Moses. Ed. Greek Drama. Bantam 0553212214
Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Penguin