Program in Comparative Literature

Chienyn Chi



E 314L • Banned Books And Novel Ideas

34957 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.126

E 314L  l  3-Banned Books and Novel Ideas


Instructor:  Chi, C

Unique #:  34957

Semester:  Fall 2017

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).


Description:  In this course, we will discuss the recuperation and valorization of “transgression,” “madness,” and the “other” in modern literature of different cultural contexts.  Students will pay close attention to the literary motif, “madness,” and how this madness becomes a radical critique of society.  “Madness” is often located outside of language, thought, and reason, yet “madness” haunts many literary novels, especially in the articulations of memory, trauma, and gendered and racial oppression.


The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.


This course contains a writing flag. The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.


Tentative Texts:  Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway; Charlotte Perkins Gilman's “The Yellow Wall Paper;” and Nella Larson's Passing.


Requirements & Grading:  There will be a series of 3 short essays, the first of which must be revised and resubmitted.  Subsequent essays may also be revised and resubmitted by arrangement with the Instructor (70% of the final grade).  Other graded material may include: in-class presentations and weekly reading journals (30% of the final grade).

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