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WRLIT-3200-1: Writing and Activism

Fall 2021

Subject: Writing and Literature
Type: Seminar
Delivery Mode: Online
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: September 01, 2021 — December 14, 2021
Meetings: Thu 11:00AM-12:30PM, Online - HS-7
Instructor: Aimee Phan

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 2/3


Required of students in Writing and Literature. Ways of Reading focuses on a particular canonical author or text(s), utilizing various critical perspectives and secondary sources to support a deeper understanding of the work. The course further develops and reinforces practical skills in close reading, historical contextualization, applied critical theory, and the use of discipline-specific research tools and resources, encouraging conscious reflection on critical presuppositions and practices. This course prepares students to enter the Critical Essay Workshop.Course DescriptionThis literature course will investigate the evolution, diversity and possibilities of activist writing, and how words have the power to upend history and create social change. Activist writing exists in all genres of literature, from children’s picture books and comic books to poetry and spoken word to memoir and adult fiction. We will explore how these writings have significantly shaped public perception of contemporary activist issues such as climate change, Black Lives Matter, the metoo movement, immigration policy, gun violence, and LGBTQ rights.

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