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

Fall 2007

E 360L • Literature and Social Justice

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35930 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
par 304

Course Description

What do "humanitarianism" and "human rights" have to do with the humanities? In what ways can literature contribute to a consideration of these pressing questions in the early 21st century? In a globalizing culture, our interest will be both international and domestic, looking at ways in which personal stories contribute to political histories. In focusing on topics of "social justice," we will consider such questions as truth commissions, genocide, hunger, HIV/AIDS, women's rights, children, immigration and refugees.

Grading Policy

The class will be conducted as much as possible as a seminar and discussion and attendance will be emphasized. In addition to readings and occasional quizzes (as/if required), writing assignments will include two research assignments, one written panel presentation, a final paper prospectus, and the final paper itself.

2 research assignments (1000 wds each = 2000 wds)
1 panel presentation (750 wds)
1 paper proposal (750 wds)
1 final paper (2400-3000 wds)
=85% of the final grade

+ two response papers (ungraded)

Attendance and participation = 15% of the final grade


Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal" (Ireland/hunger)
Henning Mankell, Chronicler of the Winds
Ghassan Kanafani, Men in the Sun (refugees)
Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy (refugees)
Ahmadou Korouma, Allah Is Not Obliged (child soldiers)
Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Moses, Citizen & Me (child soldiers)
Moazzam Begg, Enemy Combatant (detention)
Gillian Slovo, Red Dust (truth commissions)
Paul Gready (ed), Fighting for Human Rights


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