ENG 302: Children, Violence and Literature

Dr. Mookerjea-Leonard 3 credits

          The Holocaust, the Partition of India, the Oklahoma City bombings, and other civil and political conflicts around the world, as well as natural calamities have all claimed children as victims. Many have died but thousands of children have suffered through these disasters and lived to tell their tales. Through an engagement with both fictional and factual accounts of children’s experience of war and violence, this course will examine the issue of children’s trauma. Through a rigorous engagement with the texts, we will raise the following questions: How are children affected by the violence around them? How do they cope with trauma? How do they remember the disasters that overshadowed their lives? How are children’s experiences represented in literature? Why is the child-narrator a popular literary device in writings on social and political conflicts?

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