Literature of Protest and Complaint|
This seminar will explore literary expressions of resistance, revulsion, and protest -not only in a political sense (though that too will be considered), but especially in the ways that literature can turn private or local grievance into a much larger opposition to cosmic injustice. Our approach will be both historical and rhetorical. We will trace, first of all, how such writing has developed from the Bible to the 20th century. But we will also ask broader questions about how literature seeks to persuade us in its objections, in its refusal to accept the world as it stands.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be chosen from among the following:
Book of Job
Shakespeare, KING LEAR
Molière, THE MISANTHROPE
Gogol, "The Overcoat"
Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener"
Dickinson, selected poems
Hardy, JUDE THE OBSCURE
Ibsen, A DOLL'S HOUSE and AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
Kafka, THE TRIAL
Ellison, INVISIBLE MAN
Coetzee, AGE OF IRON
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will be asked to write three short papers, spaced out evenly through the term. Each student will also give a brief in-class presentation, based on a particular week's reading. Participation in discussion is a major part of the course. There are no exams in this seminar.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Since this is a First Year Initiative seminar devoted to literary expression, there will be many opportunities for students to develop their own writing--both in conversation with the instructor and through exchanges with other students in the course.
|Instructor(s): Matz,Aaron Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: BTFDC210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 19|