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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 314L • Banned Books and Novel Ideas

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33715 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.124

Course Description

All of the books in this class deal with oppression and censorship in some way, or have been censored, banned or bowdlerized themselves. One major focus of this class will be on how each of these texts engages the concept of censorship, and we will learn to examine and re-examine our own ideas on this topic.

This course is designed to improve your critical reading and writing skills and to explore academic writing in more detail. Students will closely read primary texts, and will be trained to effectively employ various critical approaches and material into their own interpretations and arguments. Since this is a SWC class, you will also learn to identify, evaluate, construct, and organize effective writing; read closely and critically; conduct library research and document sources; produce a clean, efficient style and adapt it to various situations and texts, as well as edit and proofread your own and others' writing.

Grading Policy

Paper I (analysis - close reading) 10%
Paper II (position/reaction) 20%
Paper III (analysis - generic) 15%
Paper IV (research) 25%
Quizzes and exams 15%
Writing journal 5%
Participation, in-class work etc. 10%

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend class daily. If you have nine absences you will fail the course. I will lower any student's grade by one-third for unexcused absences beginning with the fourth absence.


Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
George Orwell, 1984
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
Richard Lanham, Analyzing Prose


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