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ENGL 1718 Reading In/Justice: Literature as Activism from Abolitionism to #BlackLivesMatter (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines how literature addresses questions of racial, gender, and economic injustice. Topics include slavery, abolition, and civil rights; feminism and gender equality; labor reform; and global human rights.Readings range from poetry, drama, and fiction to journalism, memoir, and new media. Questions will include: Why are some works created for activist purposes considered art while others are not? How do literary works transcend the writer’s intentions to take on new meaning in the public sphere? How has the recovery of forgotten works by women and minority writers become an act of socio-political activism?


Instructor(s): Lori Harrison-Kahan

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions


Last Updated: 03-Mar-17