Dr. Rago: T/Th 12:30-1:45

The Rhetoric of Rights, Revolution, and Resistance

Since the Western European Enlightenment, narratives of rights, revolution, and resistance have been intricately linked with literary works.  This course will examine how literary texts directly engage with social, political, and economic issues in the world. Specifically, we will analyze works that overtly call for radical societal change, as well as works that, for better or worse, have been used in fomenting revolutions.  Using the theoretical lenses of the Frankfurt School, critical race, gender, and post-colonial theories, we will read historic and contemporary fiction of rights, revolution, and resistance as we explore the effects of the word on the world.

The Capstone student will use advanced critical analysis; reflect on their process of study; and prepare, revise, and orally present an independent research project.  All English majors must take this course within 30 hours of graduation.