Fall 2008

Representing Revenge

Listed in: English, as ENGL-01


Allison K. Deutermann (Section 08)


This course considers how vengeance is represented in a variety of literary and non-literary genres. By closely reading plays, poems, newspaper articles, a novel, and even Biblical scripture, we will analyze revenge’s social, moral, and political import. More attention will be paid to revenge as it is represented by these particular writers in these specific texts than to whether vengeance itself is right or wrong, its effects destructive or restorative. Texts we may read include the Book of Genesis, Euripides’ Medea, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and A Person of Interest by Susan Choi. Limited to 15 students. Preference given to first-year students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Deutermann.