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ENGL 350 M - Writing about Lit Text Culture - Writing Lit, Text & Culture

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Writing-intensive, variable-topic course designed to improve English majors' ability to produce clear, well-organized, analytically sound and persuasively argued essays relevant to English studies. Introduces students to research techniques through the examination of critical texts appropriate to the course topic. Course Information: Credit is not given for ENGL 300 and ENGL 350. Prerequisite: Completion of the Composition I requirement; one year of college literature or consent of instructor. For majors only.

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Overview - Canonical literary both British and American are riddled with disabled characters. The figures of the blind man, the mad woman, the cripple lord, the autistic savant occur again and again. In this course we will examine, and write about, how these famous works of literature have made use of these characters to drive narrative, symbolize moral and national failure, and engage in experimental style. Rather than assume the posture of the abled reader these works assume, we will read against the grain, examining the disability rights community-s reaction to, and appropriation of, the portrayals of disability. This is a writing intensive class so writing, informal and formal, will be required in abundance. Required Texts Sophocles, Oedipus Rex [Oedipus the King]; Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre; D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley-s Lover; Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird; Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and articles by disability studies scholars.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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