What it's about.
Our course will explore recent literature of disaster, and will attempt to negotiate cultural phenomena surrounding both historical disasters and catastrophes-yet-to-come. The catastrophe is an uncovering of the extent to which we’re exposed, but unlike an apocalypse, it is not a revolution in the world order. “Disaster” derives from the Italian for “an ill-starred event.” The Greek “katastrophē” refers to an overturning. To “cry havoc” was to signal for destruction. This course will explore recent literature of mayhem, focusing on disasters both natural and manmade, past destruction and pending pandemonium.
Students completing a 300-level literature seminar will be able to:
Image of US Nuclear Weapons Test at Bikini Atoll, Pacific Ocean.