ENGL 296 - Topics in Law and Literature
(LJS 296) Credits: 3 Satisfies requirements for creative writing or law, justice and society minors and English major. May satisfy requirements in Africana studies or classics, when the topic is appropriate. Prerequisite: Completion of the FDR FW writing requirement; additional requirements vary by instructor and topic. A topical seminar in law and literature for students at the introductory or intermediate level. Topic is announced prior to registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Fall 2020, LJS 296A-01: Topics in Law and Literature: The American Legal System in African-American Writing (3). Prerequisite: Completion of the FDR FW writing requirement. Meets an Africana studies requirement. An exploration of African-American writers’ regular portrayal of black encounters with the American legal system. We begin our survey on the eve of World War II and end just before the turn of the 21st century. Using novels, poetry, drama, and a short-story collection, we analyze how authors use accounts of arrests, courtrooms, exoneration, conviction, imprisonment, and re-entry to meditate on race and American democracy. Our study of the last seven decades of the 20th century clarify the 21st-century dilemmas that threaten the coherence of America. (HL) M. Hill. FDR: HL Staff.
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