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Spring 2017-2018
ENG 374 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Fighting Words, or Cultures of Protest

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Just five years ago Time magazine dubbed the figure of the protestor as Person of the Year, in light of Occupy movement and also the uprisings of the Arab Spring. In this course we aim to analyze the history and the inheritance of forms of protest, from the late 18th C to the present. From the Declaration of Independence to Women's Suffrage, from Gandhi's salt march to the Black Arts Movement, and from the Bolshevik to the Algerian Revolution, the course will assume a historical and transnational perspective in order to acquaint students with the specific limits and possibilities of varying protest movements.

Sample reading list:
Sophocles, Antigone
Mary Wollstonecraft, The Vindication of the Rights of Women
Gillo Pontecorvo, Battle of Algiers
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
Sherman Alexie, Indian Killer
Kara Wlker, selected works at the Princeton Art Museum

Reading/Writing assignments:
Paper in lieu of midterm, Paper in lieu of final

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
This course is co-taught by Prof. Chaudhary and graduate student Daniel Hazard through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43399 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:8 Limit:15