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W15 Stroebel - COMPLIT 122 - Books as Bombs: The Power of the Word in Shaping our World. Art and censorship

Comparative Literatures (CompLit) 122 Books as Bombs: The Power of the Word in Shaping our World WIlliam Stroebel From notes left on our fridge to notes sprayed on a wall, from novels smuggled into prisons to films smuggled out of countries, the human word has always been a tool, a weapon, and above all a space of social contestation, controversy, and argumentation. It is through our words and their mediums (printed pages, cellphone texts, tweets, mp3, AMV) that we make and break and rebuild the world around us. To explore the powerful, tangible roles of words in our life, this course examines works of “metafiction”: novels that write about writing, films that film about filming — as well as editing, censorship, confiscation, destruction, translation and adaptation across media. Situating language within its broader social, sexual, intellectual, material and political context, these works help us begin to interrogate the power and potential of words as collective tools. Using these books and films, as well as a range of secondary articles, we will develop our critical reading strategies, refine our modes of thought and expression, and, through regular writing assignments, put these skills into practice.

Kara Walker
One of five prints from the suite "The Means to an End--A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"
1995
aquatint and etching | light cream Somerset Satin wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
1996/2.4.1
Kara Walker
One of five prints from the suite "The Means to an End--A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"
1995
aquatint and etching | light cream Somerset Satin wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
1996/2.4.2
Kara Walker
One of five prints from the suite "The Means to an End--A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"
1995
aquatint and etching | light cream Somerset Satin wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
1996/2.4.3
Kara Walker
One of five prints from the suite "The Means to an End--A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"
1995
aquatint and etching | light cream Somerset Satin wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
1996/2.4.4
Kara Walker
One of five prints from the suite "The Means to an End--A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"
1995
aquatint and etching | light cream Somerset Satin wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
1996/2.4.5
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
You will not escape
1799
etching and burnished aquatint | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.72
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
All will fall. (Todos caerán)
1799
etching and burnished aquatint | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.19
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Neither more nor less ( Ni mas ni menos)
1799
etching, burnished aquatint, drypoint and burin | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.41
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
There they go plucked (i.e. fleeced) (Ya van desplumados)
1799
etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.20
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
To the Count Palatine or Count of the Palate (Al Conde Palatino)
1799
etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.33
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Devout profession (Devota profesion)
1799
etching, aquatint and drypoint | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.70
Waist and legs of a reclining nude seen from the back.
Minor White
Nude Foot
1947 - 1975
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase
1976/1.200

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