ENGL 232
We the People in the Stacks: Democracy and Literatures of Archives
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 232 / LATS 232
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

“Archives have never been neutral they are the creation of human beings, who have politics in their nature. Centering the goals of liberation is at the heart of the issue.” –Jarrett Drake, former digital archivist at Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University This literature and writing course will examine the concept of archives through the lens of democratic ideals. A primary focus will be on how works of literature engage archives–their creation and deletions, their contents and omissions, their revelations and concealments. We will also look at the lives of archivists like Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Readings include: “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges; Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton; and All the Names by José Saramago. Drawing from the values explored in class, students will have opportunities to contribute to existing archives and to curate their own.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12-15
Class#: 4016
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and class participation, short writing exercises, midterm project, final creative project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 232 Division II LATS 232 Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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