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ENGL 4632 Advanced Topics Seminar: Friendship, Love & Social Taboo (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will explore why taboo-defying relationships—in particular, interracial friendships and romances, interfaith marriages, adultery, incest, and same-sex love—have been central to American literature and cultural history. Beginning with classic nineteenth-century works by writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain, the course will move on to a study of twentieth-century writers such as Israel Zangwill, W. E. B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, William Faulkner, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker and of cultural texts such as West Side Story and Lone Star. Readings will include literary criticism, theory, and historical documents.


Instructor(s): Lori Harrison-Kahan

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13