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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 237 Literature of Revolution

When should we rise up?  When does resistance become revolution? How does literature ignite and give shape to social protest?  In this course, we’ll examine key moments of social, political and cultural revolution from world history, and think about the ways in which literature has helped to spark widespread upheaval and change.  We’ll read fictional and non-fictional works from the American and French Revolutions, the global movement to abolish slavery, the advent of class struggle, the campaigns against imperialism, as well as the cultural revolutions of the 1960s.  We’ll think about “revolutionary” literature broadly to include discussion of protest music, folk songs, as well as popular representations of revolution such as Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton.  Students will complete two course papers, conduct independent research on one of our course texts, and at the conclusion of the course, write a short piece of protest writing.