ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Fall 2022, Section 002 - Detroit State of Mind: Literary Representations of the Motor City
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

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.
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Description

Detroit is a city of stark contradictions. On the one hand, as the original home of the universally beloved black-owned music label Motown, it has become one of the most potent symbols of America’s integrated popular culture, while, on the other hand, the Detroit riots of 1943 and 1967 have made it all but synonymous with black-white racial strife. Once heralded as an “arsenal of democracy,” it nonetheless has a long history of antidemocratic policies and social movements. Although a site of tremendous wealth production and class mobility throughout the twentieth century, it filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and currently has the highest poverty rate of any major American city. How can we make sense of such a place? In this course, we will attempt to do so by turning to the writers, filmmakers, musicians, and poets whose works revolve around life in the Motor City. We will pay special attention to how these authors represent class conflict and race.

Assigned texts will likely include Harriette Arnow’s The Dollmaker; Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House; Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides; Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit; Paul Schrader’s Blue Collar; and the documentaries Finally Got the News and Searching for Sugar Man. Students should be prepared to encounter texts that include graphic depictions of violence and racist language. 

Schedule

ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
28872
Open
5
6Y1
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
23333
Closed
0
 
6Enrollment Management
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
23334
Closed
0
 
6Enrollment Management
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
24750
Closed
0
2Y1
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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