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EL45UR: REPRESENTATIONS OF VIOLENCE: PUTTING THE ART BACK IN ATROCITY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:51


Course Overview

How is the artist to respond when the virtual becomes the real and when words cannot carry the weight of trauma? How can an author avoid the accusations of voyeuristic prurience or crass opportunism when he or she attempts to re-present events of public violence? Is it justifiable to make art out of atrocity? This multi-disciplinary course examines work from a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, film, photography and graphic art, and looks at the difficulties of inscribing trauma in texts and at the ethics and praxis of remembrance.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Shane Alcobia-Murphy

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • English (EL)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

How is the artist to respond when the virtual becomes the real and when words cannot carry the weight of trauma? How can an author avoid the accusations of voyeuristic prurience or crass opportunism when he or she attempts to re-present events of public violence? This multi-disciplinary course examines work from a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, film, photography and graphic art, and looks at the difficulties of inscribing trauma in texts, and at the ethics and praxis of remembrance. The key events covered on this course are the Holocaust, the Gulf War and 9-11. Texts to be analysed may include Maus, V for Vendetta, Waltz with Bashir, amongst a host of others.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Essay 1 (2500 words - 30%); Essay 2 (3500 words 50%); oral presentation (10%); Seminar Assessment Mark (10%) Resit: (for honours students only) candidates achieving CAS mark of 6 - 8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.

Formative Assessment

Oral feedback will be given throughout seminar discussion. Written and oral feedback will be given on the first essay in good time to be of benefit before the second essay is submitted.

Feedback

Feedback will be given in both written and oral form and via the standard programme cover sheet.

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