ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Section: 002 Leaving Home
Term: WN 2011
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will read a series of novels about characters who leave their childhood homes to pursue educational or economic opportunities (or simply to get away). What, we will ask, are some of the various forms this basic story can take? What different techniques do authors employ to tell it, and what issues does it raise? We will be particularly interested in the ways education and geographical and social mobility are seen to affect one’s sense of individual, familial, and communal — and even national and racial — identity. We will pair seminal nineteenth-century versions of this narrative of departure with twentieth- and twenty-first century novels that return to these questions, sometimes by reworking these earlier novels themselves.

Likely pairings include Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations (1860) with both James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912) and Lloyd Jones’s Mister Pip (2007); George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss (1861) with Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn (2009); and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) with Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928).

ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
18104
Open
1
4Y1
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
18109
Open
6
7Y1
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
24181
Open
11
12LSA Hnrs Y1
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 1551111748
Great Expectations, Author: Charles Dickens, Publisher: Broadview
Required
ISBN: 0140184023
The autobiography of an ex-colored man, Author: James Weldon Johnson ; ed. with an introduction by William L. Andrews., Publisher: Penguin Books 1990
Required
ISBN: 0385341067
Mister Pip, Author: Jones, Lloyd, 1955-, Publisher: Dial Press 2007
Required
ISBN: 9781551114675
The Mill on the Floss, Author: George Eliot, Publisher: Broadview
Required
ISBN: 9781439148952
Brooklyn : a novel, Author: Colm Toibin., Publisher: Scribner 1st Scribn 2010
Required
ISBN: 0141441143
Jane Eyre, Author: Charlotte Bronte, Publisher: Penguin
Required
ISBN: 0813511704
Quicksand and passing, Author: Nella Larsen., Publisher: Rutgers Univ. Pr. 4. print. 1988
Required
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