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ENGL 396 E - English Honors Seminar - Politics and the Novel

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


An open-topic, discussion-oriented seminar aimed at majors who have shown high skill and intensive interest in the area of English studies. Course Information: May be repeated up to 6 hours in the same term to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: A 3.33 grade point average or consent of the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Restricted to English majors.

Special Instructions:

This class examines the political novel in both the British and American traditions. To do that, we will read important examples of the genre and dedicate ourselves to understanding their constitutive features and how they pursue their purposes. We will read these novels in two ways: their part in the national tradition in which they participate; their part in intervening in political concerns- i.e., how governments operate, how subversion is conducted, how is political power deployed. The reading load is substantial, but there will always be enough time to manage assignments. Along the way, we will confront a significant array of the diversity of such fiction so that students will be able to appreciate new examples they encounter in the years to come. While we won-t able to cover all the varieties of the political novel, students will have the chance to pursue at least one novel of their choosing outside the reading list. The course will be conducted through a combination

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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