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November 21, 2022

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Description

This interdisciplinary course surveys modern European culture to disclose the alignment of literature, opposition, and revolution.

Reaching back to the foundational representations of anarchism in nineteenth-century Europe (Kleist, Conrad) the curriculum extends through the literary and media representations of militant organizations in the 1970s and 80s (Italy’s Red Brigade, Germany’s Red Army Faction, and the Real Irish Republican Army). In the middle of the term students will have the opportunity to hear a lecture by Margarethe von Trotta, one of the most important filmmakers who has worked on terrorism. The course concludes with a critical examination of the ways that certain segments of European popular media have returned to the “radical chic” that many perceive to have exhausted itself more than two decades ago

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • DeLillo. Mao II. Unlimited
  • Said. “The Essential Terrorist.” Unlimited
  • Elsaesser. “Antigone Agonistes.” Unlimited
  • Kleist. Michael Kohlhaas. Unlimited
  • Wittkowski. “Is Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas a Terrorist?” Unlimited
  • Propaganda by Deed Unlimited
  • Conrad. The Secret Agent. Unlimited
  • Lessing. The Good Terrorist Unlimited
  • The Italian Phenomenon of Leftist Extremist Terrorism Unlimited
  • Crockett. Understanding Friedrich Dürrenmatt: The Assignment. Unlimited
  • The History of the German Student Movement and the Birth of the Baader-Meinhof Group. Unlimited
  • Grimonprez. Dial History. Unlimited

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