Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
Slavery and Literature
In this class we will develop writing strategies by reading and writing about slave narratives produced in the antebellum United States. Using Benedict Anderson's theoretical framework for thinking about nationalism and community formation, we will read Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" and speeches by Frederick Douglass to think about how the genre of the slave narrative challenges concepts of "nationalism" emerging at this time. This theme will provide the framework for your writing assignments.
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