ENGL108: Literature and the Political
The relationship between politics and literature is never simple. Writers have always addressed political issues -- from supporting or resisting revolution, to analysing the ethics of war or the sophistries of political language, to attacking the class politics of industrialisation, the racial exploitation of empire, sexual inequalities, prejudice and domestic violence. Literary language can make available subversive and powerful critiques of dominant political structures and hierarchies just as it can normalise inequality and stifle dissent. Writers have always participated in the dissemination of myths, stereotypes and narratives that privilege certain world-views over others. Covering writing from the Renaissance to the present this unit addresses a series of political issues as they are constructed in literary texts, and looks at the aesthetic forms writers invent and deploy in order to reflect, produce and contain change.
D2 - Day; Offered in the second half-year
X2 - External study; Offered in the second half-year (Session Dates: 3 September, 5 November)
|Staff Contact(s):||Dr Lee O'Brien|
Department of English
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