ENG-299T.34   Postmodernism & Human Rights Activism 3 credits

Prerequisites: FYS-101

On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming "the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear"as "the highest aspiration of the common people[,]" that "disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts" and "that every individual and every organ of society... shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms."Using the Declaration as a basis, this course explores post-World War II theories, fiction, poetry, and movies by formerly colonized and/or enslaved and historically oppressed indigenous peoples. This course will feature authors who violate literary forms and genres as a method of resistance and empowerment. Topics may include Arab nationalism, the Intifada, the Bangla Language Movement, the Cultural Revolution, and apartheid.