First Year Seminar

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 115

Banning books is an old practice of social and political control, and the reading of banned books is a time-honored gesture of resistance. In this seminar, we'll read some books that are the object of current controversy (e.g., Art Spiegelman's MAUS; Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE; George Johnson's ALL BOYS AERN'T BLUE), and some notorious older banned books (e.g., John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN; Kurt Vonnegut's SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE). We'll also examine court cases and other documents to help us better understand the historical context of book banning in the US. Two short papers and a final digital project.
Course Attributes: EN H; FYS; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM

Section 01

First Year Seminar
INSTRUCTOR: Sherberg
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