Reading Literature

Reading Literature: How to Do Things with Words
How does language make and unmake the world around us? Is literature capable of intervening in the social and historical conditions of its own making? How does literary criticism participate in cultural transformation? To get a grasp on these questions, we will read widely in literature that explores the relationships between language, power, and social life, as well as criticism and theory that examines the interactions between aesthetics and politics. Our inquiry will survey the practical and theoretical foundations of literary study, as well as current debates about methodology in the field. Readings might include: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and poetry by Phillis Wheatley Peters, John Keats, Dionne Brand, Solmaz Sharif, and M. NourbeSe Philip
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ENGL 0103

All Sections in Spring 2023

Spring 2023

ENGL0103A-S23 Seminar (Baldridge)
ENGL0103B-S23 Seminar (Millier)
ENGL0103C-S23 Seminar (Sheldon)
ENGL0103D-S23 Seminar (Wang)