Spring 2015: The Violence of the Law

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Mass incarceration, police brutality, torture, and botched executions raise questions about the violence of the law: Must the law be violent to control violence? Does the law’s violence promote justice or disrupt it? How are law and punishment portrayed in literature, media, and art? We will analyze theory, literature, and visual imagery of the law’s violence ranging from Supreme Court Cases to Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan to photographs from Ferguson, Missouri.