COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 005 Harry Potter and the Neurotypicals: Exploring Neurodiversity in Literature and Film
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
100
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

It’s an archetype for our age: Harry Potter’s struggle with the Muggles, those folks that make up the world of his aunt and uncle, and who consider his gift to be strange and even dangerous. But what might we learn if we think about Harry’s struggle through the lens of neurodiversity, a concept that defines neurological differences not as a medical problem but as a socially constructed category, like gender, race, class and disability? What if we consider neurological conditions such as autism, dyslexia, Tourette Syndrome and others to be variations of the human mind, ones that should be respected for their ability to offer unique perspectives on the human experience? To begin to explore this idea, we will read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone together with essays about the neurodiversity movement. Then we will examine Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Jonathan Letham’s Motherless Brooklyn to see how neurological difference puts a twist on the genre of detective fiction. Finally, we will consider films from Taiwan and China to see how neurological diversity is explored in parts of the Chinese-speaking world. Using the diverse perspectives and genres we find in these and other course materials, we will work toward our principal objective for this first-year writing course: learning to write complex and well-supported analytical and argumentative essays for a variety of academic contexts.

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Class Format:

Students will engage in individual projects (including definition, analytical and argumentative essays), class discussions and workshops in order to develop well-evidenced and well-articulated pieces of writing.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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