ENGL 232
We the People in the Stacks: Democracy and Literatures of Archives Spring 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed LATS 232 / ENGL 232

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). In this generative writing and critical-practice course, students examine the concept of archives through the lens of democratic ideals. A primary focus is on how Latinidades and works of Global South literatures engage archives–their creation and deletions, their contents and omissions, their revelations and concealments. Drawing from the values explored in class, students have opportunities to contribute to existing archival collections and/or to curate their own.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12-15
Class#: 3659
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 I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 232 Division II ENGL 232 Division I
DPE Notes: This course examines the relationship between archives and power--creation and deletion, contents and omissions, revelations and concealments--taking into account the diverse affective roles and responsibilities of the archivist, records creator, records subject, and to community engagement.
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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