Cross Listed as ENGL265
This course explores the persistent concern in American literature and culture with forms of freedom and captivity in works ranging from William Bradford's Of Plimouth Plantation to Toni Morrison's Beloved and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Materials studied will include novels, slave narratives, captivity narratives, photography and feature films. We will end the course with a contemporary novel chosen by the students. Comparing the ways different genres imagine freedom and captivity, we will consider the politics of form. Above all, we will attend to how these narratives complicate the ordinary sense of what counts as bondage, and what as freedom.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two 6-page papers, and one 10-page paper; active attendance and participation; occasional short responses
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, sophomores, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway.
Material and Lab Fees:
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses,ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3711
|AMST266-01(S) SEM Topics in American Literature (D) (W)||Cassandra J. Cleghorn
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