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Nice People

ENG 218/GSS 233/AMS 217

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This class explores the underside of civility: the indifference of good manners, the controlling attention of caregivers, the loving coercion of family, the quiet horrors of neighbors, friends, and allies. We will explore characters in fiction and film whose militant niceness exercises killing privilege or allows for the expansion of their narcissism...people with "good intentions" who nonetheless wreak havoc on the people and the environment around them. We will consider "niceness" as social performance, as cultural capital, as middle-class value, as sexual mores, as self-belief, and as affective management.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 12
  • Capacity: 12
  • Class Number: 22731
  • Schedule: MW 01:30 PM-02:50 PM