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

Fall 2009

E 314L • Banned Books and Novel Ideas

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Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

In this course we will be reading books that were banned from classrooms, libraries, or distribution for a range of different reasons. The various circumstances that caused them to be banned will serve as a place to begin our analyses of the texts. We will be looking at how historical, cultural, social, and political circumstances can shape the way that a text is received, and how a text interacts with those circumstances.

"Banned Books and Novel Ideas" is intended to prepare students for college-level literary studies. By the end of the course, students will have learned to close read texts to better appreciate the power and flexibility of the English language; to use various modes of literary criticism to interpret poems, plays, and novels; and to write critically about literature and culture. This course includes computer-assisted instruction.

Grading Policy

This course uses the Learning Record to determine final grades. Students record observations of learning that occurs both in class and in completing assignments. These are collected in a portfolio. Students then analyze and evaluate their work in terms of the five dimensions of learning (confidence and independence, skills and strategies, knowledge and understanding, use of prior and emerging experience, reflection) and the course strands (literary analysis, close reading, research, and technology). For more information about the Learning Record visit:


1984, George Orwell; Brave New World, Aldous Huxley; Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau; Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain; Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad; The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood


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