Scapegoating

Steven Walker (Asian Languages and Cultures; Comparative Literature)

The phenomenon of scapegoating has been the plague of human history. It has manifested itself in many varieties of atrocious persecution: ethnic, political, psychological, religious, sexual, and social (as, for example, in bullying). This course will encourage students to detect various manifestations of the syndrome, to understand and analyze them, and so to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem. We will explore examples in literature and film and read broadly in order to gain a historical perspective on scapegoating, with works ranging from the Book of Job, to Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 64 index 17727