TR 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM
This course explores relationships between identity, politics, and literature in literary texts united by a particular topic. A section of this course might focus on depictions of disability in literature; on global capitalism and literature; on poetry written by political prisoners; on coming-of-age memoirs that interrogate normative gender roles; on the antiwar novel; on intersectionality (the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group) in works of literature by writers identified with one or more of these categories; and on any number of other topics. Study of this literature may involve the examination of literary forms, traditions, movements, institutions, and/or genres, as well as critical theories on such topics as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, fat studies, and disability. Students in this course participate in active discussion and examine, through reading and writing, literature considered in relation to contemporary society, cultures, and politics.