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CWL 202 A - Literature and Ideas

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Analysis of several important world-views in Western civilization (such as classical, Romantic, modern, and so forth), studied comparatively and in relation to selected figures in Western literature. Course Information: Prerequisite: CWL 241 and CWL 242; or one year of college literature; or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

This course will offer an introduction to some of the major ideas and historical forces that have shaped the literary and cultural production of the modern world. It will provide students with new ways of thinking about the relation between literature and its contexts, while at the same time considering how literary and theoretical writing might help us contend with some of our most pressing concerns today, from economic inequities within and between countries, to the global ecological emergency of climate change.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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