Reading Between Freedom and Necessity|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate|
Mostly the culture of literacy has taken shape within a realm of freedom, seemingly distant from the needs of the body and the demands of sustenance. At the same time, the world represented within so much of the world's narratives, both truth and fiction, has been saturated in struggle and deprivation. In this seminar we will try to make some sense of this juxtaposition, freedom on one side and necessity on the other, to explore the flip side of the drama of revolution in modern times. For us, revolutions, those great upheavals that unite hope with practical action, will be the background against which we will try to understand the gravity and persistence of dispossession itself: the pull of past or residual forms of unfreedom in the sphere of cultural representation, within and against new or emerging expressions of emancipation, themselves accompanied or countered in modern times by ever-novel styles of exploitation.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
"LAZARILLO DE TORMES (1554)
James Albert Gronniosaw, A NARRATIVE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE PARTICULARS IN THE LIFE OF JAMES ALBERT UKAWSAW GRONNIOSAW, AN AFRICAN PRINCE, AS RELATED BY HIMSELF (1772)
Mary Wollstonecraft, A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN (1792)
George Eliot, FELIX HOLT, THE RADICAL (1866)
Ngżgż wa Thiongżo, A GRAIN OF WHEAT (1967)
Jamaica Kincaid, MR. POTTER (2002)
A course reader will include excerpts from G.W.F. Hegel, Lectures on Aesthetics; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology; Karl Marx, Capital vols. 1 and 3, and the Grundrisse; Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks; Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks; and other foundational works to orient our reading throughout the semester."
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Six short response papers; one substantial final essay of 15-20 pages
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History II and Theory requirements, and contributes to the Theory and Literary Forms concentration of the English major. It can be used to fulfill the Research Seminar requirement for English majors pursuing Honors.
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