ENGL 265
Topics in American Literature: Freedom and Captivity Spring 2010
Division I Writing Skills
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This course explores the persistent concern with forms of freedom and captivity in works ranging from William Bradford’s Of Plimouth Plantation to Will Smith’s remake of I Am Legend. Materials studied will include novels, slave narratives, captivity narratives, and feature films. We will look both at the ways different genres imagine freedom and captivity and 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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3632
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 6-page papers, and one 10-page paper; active attendance and participation; occasional short responses
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, sophomores, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses

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