Basic knowledge of international relations and world events. Good command of English language.
The classes will be tough in a hybrid regime, in one hand the conceptual content will be exposed by the professor, followed in the other hand by the framing of the literary works in the bibliography linking them to those concepts.
This seminar will analyse literary texts with key political themes to the understanding of concepts in the fields of IR and Political Science. The main objectives are (a) framing historically political concepts; (b) identifying within the texts important elements of the current IR political context; (c) contributing to an enriched comprehension of political phenomena through literature; (d) allowing through fiction the experimentation of political concepts; (e) identifying ideological debates existing in the literary world.
Concepts and contemporary political issues in literature
State of Nature, Anarchy and Social Contract.
Violence as a Dyatic for Peace
Colonialism and Imperialism
The paroxysm of power and rule of Totalitarianism
Biopolitical Models of Power
Identity(es) in contemporary world
Contemporary political issues
- Cyberspace and Information Age
- Terrorism: Old Myths, New Fantasies and Enduring Realities.
Periodic or by final exam as given in the course information: 100.0%
Burgess, Anthony (1984) A Clockwork Orange. London: Penguin Books.
Gibson, William (1984) Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books.
Krol, Torston (2009) Callisto. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
Orwell, George (2013) Nineteen eighty-four. London: Penguin Books.
Ribeiro, João Ubaldo (1989) An Invincible Memory. New York: Harpercollins.
Sartrapi, Marjane (2004) Persepolis. London: Pantheon.
Vonnegut, Kurt (1994) Slaughterhouse five or the children´s crusade: a duty-dance with death. New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Laurence.