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Anupama Taranath
ENGL 355
Seattle Campus

American Literature: Contemporary America

Works by such writers as Ellison, Williams, O' Connor, Lowell, Barth, Rich, and Hawkes.

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Academic Stories: Public Knowledge, Identity, and the State of the Humanities

This course will be co-taught by Professor Michelle Liu and Professor Taranath.

The academy has long been imagined as a place where people create public knowledge, as well as shape their identity. If many college students hope not only to learn a trade but “find themselves,” what does this process look like based on who you are and how your life intersects with history, culture, politics, gender, sexuality, race, privilege and other axes of social life? This course uses academic memoirs, academic biographies, and campus fiction to explore the humanities as an intellectual and institutional formation, and our own particular place in it. Our readings, films, and class discussions will focus on the public and private aspects of our academic lives, and encourage us to reconsider how we read, write, and narrate our own academic stories.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anupama Taranath
Date: 12/04/2013