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Politics and Literature

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L. Gilson

Course Long Title

Politics and Literature


Why would a politically-opinionated person write a piece of literature rather than a political treatise? This course explores what the literary form might reveal about politics that more formal political theory misses. Students examine four interconnected topics -- gender politics, political fugitives, utopias and dystopias, and the social construction of race -- to consider the advantages of narrative writing for expressing one's political views. Readings span across space and time, from Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, and Sophocles' Antigone to The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Identities & Interests), (PLTC: Phil., Lit., Legal St.)

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Class Restriction

[I]01, Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors