Activist Literature

To paraphrase one critic, many of our most compelling authors write their books not to qualify for some sort of literary hall of fame; they write their books to change the world. Stories can move us to action, and writers and artists often play a crucial role as the conscience of a society. In this course we will examine a range of works that call attention to injustice and that speak out on behalf of the voiceless. We will read works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction that promote a number of social causes. And while the issues are serious, the books themselves display beauty, humor, and satire in the service of activism and resistance. Coursework will include reading, seminar discussions, creative projects, and various writing responses.