603-HSE-VA, Writing on the Periphery
In this course, students are encouraged to develop an appreciation of literature by becoming acquainted with some of the diverse writing and variety of viewpoints our society has to offer. Many writers have dramatically recreated the tension between the outsider and society, and write about immediate gritty reality, and “tell it like it is”. What creates the bond between individuals and society? And what are the effects of alienation on the individual? Ideas such as individualism, conformity, “in-groups”, “out-groups”, norms, values, generational clashes, sexuality, gender-identity, self-hatred, doubt, alienation, and pride, will be discussed and examined though literature. Students will be asked to reflect on the issues discussed, their personal reactions and thoughts on the authors’ techniques, and ideas within the texts.