The Literature of Forgiveness

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Literature of Forgiveness

Spring 2022

Taught By: Terri Gordon

Section: A

CRN: 10906

Credits: 3

Since the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in 1996, the question of forgiveness has become central to human rights discourse. In this course, we consider global political catastrophes and their consequences through a study of 20th-century novels and memoirs. We examine the Holocaust, South African apartheid, the Chilean military junta of General Pinochet, and the Rwanda genocide. We study not only forgiveness, but related notions such as retributive and restorative justice, individual and collective responsibility, the virtues of vengeance, healing, memory, grief, compassion, shame, and silence. This course includes African, European, and American literature: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace, Philip Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Simon Wiesenthal's The Sunflower, and Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. We also view Eytan Fox's 2004 film, Walk on Water. We read theoretical texts by Nietzsche, Primo Levi, Jean Amery, Desmond Tutu, Hannah Arendt, Julia Kristeva, and Wole Soyinka.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:22pm 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 406

Date Range: 1/27/2022 - 5/12/2022