21G.061 | Spring 2004 | Undergraduate

Advanced Topics: Plotting Terror in European Culture


See the calendar section for the readings assigned for each class session.

Required Texts & Videos

Bakunin, Mikhail. God and the State. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. ISBN: 0836956435. (originally published in 1883)

Baumann, Michael “Bommi.” “How Everything Started.” In Terror or Love: How It All Began. New York: Grove, 1979. ISBN 0394507185.

Böll, Heinrich. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum. Translated by Leila Vennewitz. Reprint ed. Penguin Books, 1994. ISBN: 0140187286.

Conrad, Joseph. The Secret Agent. Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN: 0192801694.

Crockett, Roger A. Understanding Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. ISBN: 1570032130.

Corrado, Raymond. “The Evolution of the Irish Republican Army.” in The Politics of Terrorism, ed. Michael Stohl. New York: M. Dekker, 1988. ISBN: 0824778146

Corrado, Raymond. “The History of the German Student Movement and the Birth of the Baader-Meinhof Group.” in The Politics of Terrorism, ed. Michael Stohl. New York: M. Dekker, 1988. ISBN: 0824778146.

DeLillo, Don. Mao II. Penguin Books, 1992. ISBN: 0140152741.

Dürrenmatt, F. The Assignment. New York: Random House, 1988. ASIN: 0394560108.

Elaesser, Thomas. “Antigone Agonistes.” in Giving Ground: The Politics of Propinquity, ed. Joan Copjec and Michael Sorkin. New York: Verso, 1999. ISBN: 1859848923.

Fleming, Marie. “Propaganda by the Deed: Terrorism and Anarchist Theory in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe,” Terrorism: An International Journal 4:1-4 (1980): 1-23.

Fo, Dario, and Peter Kennard. The Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Reprint ed. Methuen, 2002. ISBN: 0413156109.

Gillon, Adam. “The Desperate Shape of Betrayal.” In Joseph Conrad. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982. ISBN 0805768203.

Grimonperz, Johan. dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y. 1977.

Jordan, Neil. The Crying Game. Artisan Entertainment, 1998. ASIN: 0784011184.

Kleist, Heinrich von. “Michael Kohlhaas.” In German Romantic Novellas. New York: Continuum, 1985. ISBN 082640291.

Kropotkin, Peter. “The Spirit of Revolt.” 
(This article first appeared in Le Révolté in 1880. English translations appeared in Commonweal, 1892 and Kropotkin’s Revolutionary Pamphlets, 1927.)

Lentricchia, Frank and Jody McAuliffe. “Groundzeroland.” in Crimes of Art and Terror. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ISBN: 022647205.

Lessing, Doris May. The Good Terrorist. Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1985. ISBN: 0224023233.

Richter, Gerhard. 18. Oktober 1977. Museum of Modern Art, 2000. ISBN: 080700235.

Rosi, Francesco. Three Brothers. Facets Video, 2002. ASIN: B000067IXK.

Said, Edward. “The Essential Terrorist.” in Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question. London: Verso, 1988.

Scanlan, Margaret. “Doris Lessing’s The Good Terrorist.” in Plotting Terror: Novelists and Terrorists in Contemporary Fiction. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2001. ISBN: 0813920310.

Trotta, Von. Marianne and Juliane. New York: New Yorker Video, 1994.

Wieviorka, Michael. “Social Movements and Marxism-Leninism: The Italian Phenomenon of Leftist Extremist Terrorism.” In The Making of Terrorism. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN 0226896528.

Wittkowski, Wolfgang. “Is Kleists Michael Kohlhaas a Terrorist? Luther, Prussian Law Reforms and the Accountability of Government.” Historical Reflections 26, no. 3 (2000): 471-86.

For background on the principles of literature and cinema studies, please consult:

Barnet, Sylvan and William E. Cain. A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. Boston: Longman Publishing Group, 2002. ISBN: 0321104765.

Monaco, James. How to Read a Film. New York: Harbor Electronic Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 0966974433.