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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2022-2023 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  Jul 18, 2024
2022-2023 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
The Literature of Violence is a course that contemplates the idea that the American inclination to embrace violence is an essential but very troubling element of our culture and our nature. Throughout this course, students will hone their ability to critically examine novels and short stories written by canonical authors whose explorations of this violent tendency in their protagonists allows us insight into the evolution of American culture and our consciousness of our history of violence. In the process of reading texts written by authors whose fictional works paralleled the development of American culture, students will gain an appreciation for the insightfulness of their literary forebears and the ways in which respective authors have clarified the condition of humanity in their respective eras. Additionally, they will learn the degree to which literary texts have profoundly influenced the modern English-speaking world. Finally, students of the Literature of American Violence World will develop their understanding of the significance of reading literature as means of comprehending their world and recognize their connection to other individuals who have struggled against the inclination to embrace violence and determine how they will help shape the future of their societies.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Seminar
Grade Component: LG/SU3 Elective Basis

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