Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hard (HUM303/415/455/470)

The deadlines are all hard. No extensions. Let’s get it done.

Once again:

303/455/470: hard and e-copy of final paper due 5 pm 17 Dec.

415: hard copy of final paper due in class. e-copy due by 6 pm

If you do not turn in both copies I will not grade your paper.

303/455: e-copy of final exam due by 5 pm 17 Dec.

415/470: exam prompts posted by noon 18 Dec. E-copy due by 5 pm 19 Dec.

Structural Violence (HUM415/455)

He wouldn’t have used the phrase “structural violence,” but this passage from Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court in reference to the “Terror” of the French Revolution gets to the heart of the matter:

“There were two ‘Reigns of Terror’, if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our shudders are all for the ‘horrors’ of the minor Terror, momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak?… A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief terror that we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror – that unspeakable bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves” (114).