Course Details

ENGL 395: Dissenting Americans

This course examines the rich and powerful tradition of political dissent in American literature. How does the complex interplay of text, esthetics, and reception shape the politics of dissent?  We will read several key texts from the nineteenthth century, and then explore selected works of fiction, graphic memoir, and drama from the early Cold War era. In this mid-twentieth century moment, we will focus in particular on Asian American, African American, and queer critique. Readings in criticism will be central to the course and students will complete a major research paper of their own design. Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300 level English course
6 credits; LA, IDS; Offered Spring 2022; N. Cho

ENGL 395: Yeats and Heaney

"How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage, and his contemporary world?"--Heaney. We will read the major works and literary criticism of the two great twentieth-century Irish poets W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, studying their art in relation to their place and time.  Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300 level English course
6 credits; LA; Offered Fall 2021; C. Walker