English 227s. Literature in a State of Siege

Instructor: Stephen Greenblatt
Day & Time: Wednesdays 3-5:45pm
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What challenges and opportunities arise for artists and writers working under dire conditions—martial, political, medical, and natural states of emergency? To what extent are such exceptional conditions the rule (as Walter Benjamin proposed)? Co-taught by Stephen Greenblatt (English) and Joseph Leo Koerner (History of Art), this course considers art and literature in states of siege against the backdrop of juridical theories of such states. This class is is also offered as HAA 253k.