ENGLISH 319 - Literature and Social Change
Winter 2018, Section 001
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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One of the most powerful examples of literature fueling social change is abolition literature. In the midst of heated debates about the political, economic, and social expediencies of slavery, activists used memoirs, novels, newspapers, and magazines to disseminate powerful arguments for the abolition of slavery. We’ll begin by considering the historical contexts of the slavery debate, then read classic texts such as David Walker’s Appeal, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup's, Twelve Years a Slave, and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, as well as articles from leading anti and pro slavery newspapers and magazines.

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Evaluation will be based on a series of short journal assignments, reading quizzes, and participation in discussion.

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ENGLISH 319 - Literature and Social Change
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18

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