Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Hatfield, Charles
Discipline and Number
LIT 3309 Section 001
MW Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
Political Fictions

Description of Course:

It is often said that all texts are political--even the ones that aren't about politics. In this course, however, we will study novels that explicitly deal with politics or which were intended to achieve political ends. We will also explore the different ways in which people have thought about the relationship between politics and literature. Readings will include Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Jack London's The Iron Heel, Graham Greene's The Comedians, and Carlos Fuentes's The Hydra Head.

Required Texts:

Available at the Campus Bookstore and at Off-Campus Books.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Midterm take-home exam (30%), final paper (50%), participation (20%).

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