SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)


1. Mourning and Melancholy in the Empire State

W Aug 19 Introduction

F Aug 21 First writing and discussion

M Aug 24 Suheir Hammad, “First Writing Since“; Martín Espada, “Alabanza“; Wisława Szymborska, “Photograph from September 11“; STUDENT POETRY PERFORMANCE

W Aug 26 Don DeLillo, Excerpt from Falling Man; Tom Junod, “The Falling Man” [LINK TO DREW’S PHOTOGRAPH FALLING MAN]

F Aug 28 Marita Sturken, “Memorializing Absence”; Jonathan Hyman, “Flesh and Metal” (please read the intro page and view the images from all 8 galleries)

M Aug 31 Art Spiegelman, In the Shadow of No Towers

W Sep 2 9/11 Commission Report, p1-14

F Sep 4 Judith Butler, “Violence, Mourning, Politics



2. Thinking about Political Violence

W Sep 9 Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations”; Edward Said, “Clash of Ignorance”; STUDENT-LED DISCUSSION: Cultural Dimensions of Conflict

F Sep 11 Howard Zinn, Selections, A People’s History of United States Empire

M Sep 14 Chalmers Johnson, “Blowback”; Mahmood Mamdani, “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim — An African Perspective”

W Sep 16 Bruce Hoffman, Chapter 1 of Inside Terrorism

F Sep 18 Work individually on Paper #1

M Sep 21 PAPER #1 DUE


3. Profiling and Suspicion after 9/11

W Sep 23 Moshin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, chapters 1-3

F Sep 25 Moshin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, chapters 4-7

M Sep 28 Moshin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, chapters 8-12

W Sep 30 Moshin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

F Oct 2 View Zero Dark Thirty before class; STUDENT-LED DISCUSSION: Suspicion and Intelligence

M Oct 5 Optional readings on Literature of 9/11 controversy by The Daily Tar Heel, Ahuja, Schalin, and Abdul-Jabbar

W Oct 7 Sabrina Alimohamed, “Homeland Security, Inc.”

F Oct 9 View Your Bin Laden in class

M Oct 12 PAPER #1 REVISION DUE. View Your Bin Laden in class

W Oct 14 Readings on Park51 controversy by Anti-Defamation League, Kumar, Rich, Geller, and The New York TimesSTUDENT-LED DISCUSSION: Religion and the Public Sphere



4. New Wars from New York to Baghdad

M Oct 19 Yasmina Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad, Ch. 1-7

W Oct 21 Yasmina Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad, Ch. 8-12

F Oct 23 Yasmina Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad, Ch. 13-end

M Oct 26 Yasmina Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad

W Oct 28 David Hare, Stuff Happens; STUDENT PERFORMANCE

F Oct 30 Rob Nixon, “Ecologies of the Aftermath”

M Nov 2 Geroid Tuathal, “Just Looking for a Fight”; 9/11 music lyrics [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]; STUDENT-LED DISCUSSION: Violence in Popular Culture

W Nov 4 Gregoire Chamayou, Selections from A Theory of the Drone

F Nov 6 The Intercept, The Drone Papers


5. Indefinite Detention and the Enemy Combatant

M Nov 9 Avery Gordon, “Abu Ghraib: Imprisonment and the War on Terror

W Nov 11 Bybee torture memo

F Nov 13 Work individually on Paper #2

M Nov 16 View Standard Operating Procedure before class (warning: explicit images of torture); STUDENT-LED DISCUSSION: Defining Torture

W Nov 18 Philip Metres, Sand Opera

F Nov 20 Finish Sand Opera; Judith Butler, “Mourning Becomes Law

M Nov 23 Poems from Guantánamo


M Nov 30 Course Conclusion


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