Society, Culture, and Information : Literature, Art, and Automated Violence

Course Number: ENGL 148AV
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or 50 or 109AA-ZZ or English 10 or upper-division standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 148AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2013
Instructor:
Day(s): MW
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1112
Description:

This course will look at how violence in the 20th and 21st centuries has moved from human hands to media technologies, or rather the pressing of buttons. We press a button to watch (on TV) or read (on websites) news reports of crimes and terrorist attacks; to buy tickets to Hollywood action movies (or to stream them on our computers); and to launch automated drones or self-guided missiles. The course will pay particular attention to how literary texts, cinema, and video games represent and participate in this automation of violence. Texts will include Highsmith, *The Talented Mr. Ripley,* Burgess, *A Clockwork Orange,* Ballard, *Crash,* McCarthy, *No Country for Old Men.* Films will include *Blowup,* *Peeping Tom,* *Full Metal Jacket,* *No Country for Old Men.*