ENGL-343 Revolution & Respect: Writing for a Cause
Spring for 2010-2011
Using Black protest literature of the Civil Rights era as a model, this course will show students how to craft fiction for a purpose. Do you want to reform schools, expose genocide, stop abortion, end a war, promote or limit immigration? Whatever your political agenda, you can advance it—as writers always have—through thoughtful and intentional storytelling.
Readings will include authors such as James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, and John A. Williams, and students will be asked to reflect, in writing, on how these artists identify and attack injustice in their work. The goal of the course, however, will be for each student to produce, through various exercises and extensive drafts, one solid piece of short fiction that advocates a position on a public issue.
Prerequisites: ENGL 040, 041, 042, or 043
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