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Literature and Social Justice Now


Dominant forms of contemporary communication can reinforce our ideological bubbles, driving out counternarratives and making it all too easy to surround ourselves with arguments that reinforce our worldviews. But in asking us to dwell inside the minds and lives of others in worlds far from--or at times disturbingly close to--our own, literature urges us to imagine alternatives to our current social and political order. These courses focus on the intricate relations of power interweaving individuals, institutions, and systems across cultures and historical periods, and open our eyes to enduring social and political issues.

Courses in this Cluster:

  • 140 - Race in the Age of Trump
  • 140 - Our Heroes: What's the Story?
  • 203 - Intro to Lang and Rhetoric (Rhetorical Dimensions in the US Civil Rights Movement)
  • 232 - Intro to Visual Culture (Documented/Undocumented)
  • 290.002 - Topics in Lang & Lit (Working Class Lit)
  • 293 - Great Works of Literature (Art and Activism by Miller)
  • 298.004 - Intro to Lit Studies (Shakespeare's Caliban)
  • 314 - Queer of Color Literature & Culture
  • 315 - Black Feminist Poetry
  • 316 - Literary Disability Studies
  • 317.001 - Lit & Culture (Threads: Clothing, Culture, Politics, Environment)
  • 317.003 - African American Literary Modernism
  • 317.004 - Lit & Culture (Rustbelt Narratives)
  • 318.001 - Genre Studies (How to Live in a World on Fire)
  • 319 - Lit & Social change (Baldwin in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter)
  • 320 - Lit & Environment (Eco-criticism)
  • 332 - Race and Visual Culture
  • 342 - 21st-Century Science Fiction
  • 362 - The Literature of Now: 21st C. American Fiction
  • 374 - Race, Violence, and Justice: Black WRiters Respond
  • 378 - Arab American Lit
  • 381 - Asian American Literary and Cultural Production
  • 384 - Caribbean Women Writers
  • 407 - Literature and Human Rights
  • 411 - Intro to Indian Cinema: Bollywood
  • 472 - Race and Ecological Catastrophe in 21st C. Fiction

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This course cluster is for students in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Political Science, Sociology, and Ethnic studies.