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ENG-410 Literature of Witness and Resistance

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course investigates the social and cultural dimensions of literature written by and about peoples of other countries or of regional or minority cultures within the United States.  Topics may focus on literature from English-speaking countries or on literature in translation by writers from nonwestern countries.  Topics will reflect cultural diversity as represented in selected works of literature.  The topic will be announced before registration each semester when the course is offered, and the course can be taken more than once on different subjects.  The course fulfills general education requirement in literature and cross-cultural studies.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Investigate and analyze the question of voice (who speaks? and to whom? how do writers co-opt the language of their oppressors?) and the question of who can witness (where’s the line between imagination and appropriation?).
  2. Contemplate the social and political obligations of writers in contemporary society.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Five Reaction Papers
  2. One Class Presentation
  3. Class Participation
  4. Final Exam

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class. 
  • You will write a short essay on the required reading before the second class meeting.