The Literature of Forgiveness

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Literature of Forgiveness
Spring 2024
Taught By: Terri Gordon
Section: A

CRN: 14263

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 fiction, criticism, memoirs, and film. We examine the Holocaust, South African apartheid, the Chilean military dictatorship, and the Rwandan genocide. We study not only forgiveness, but also related notions, such as retributive and restorative justice, individual and collective responsibility, the “virtues of vengeance,” healing, memory, grief, compassion, shame, and silence. This is a world literature course covering African, European, and South American literature. Texts include Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, and Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower. Theoretical texts by Jean Améry, Hannah Arendt, Julia Kristeva, Primo Levi, Friedrich Nietzsche, Wole Soyinka, and Desmond Tutu.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:06am EDT 7/24/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 715
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024