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ENGL 350 S - 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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English 350, Writing about Literature The Complexity of Identity (Racial and Sexual) in 20th-Century Irish and American Short Fiction - Spring 2021 - Professor Vicki Mahaffey How is race different from (and how does it overlap with) ethnicity- Does this category of identity relate to sexual categories, and if so, how- We will investigate these questions in a careful, nuanced way by examining them through literature. Our working hypothesis will be that what is really at stake in categorizing groups by race and gender is not only enfranchisement, but also complexity itself. The less enfranchised groups are the ones most subject to stereotyping or even caricature. We will read stories by James Joyce, William Trevor, Mary Lavin, Raymond Carver, Flannery O-Connor, William Faulkner, and James Baldwin. We will then build on what we learn by turning to more contemporary writings by Toni Morrison and Patrick MacCabe. The course will conclude with selections from Noel Ignatiev-s boo

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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