Reading Communities: The Social Life of Literature

Course Number: ENGL 165RC
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2020
Instructor: Droge, Abigail
Day(s): MW
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 2129

This course explores the power of literature to create and break social bonds. How can books help us to build inclusive communities? When do they exclude? Course readings will center on nineteenth-century British literature, with the possible addition of the UCSB Reads book for the year. Assignments will ask students to consider how literature can participate in and change existing social infrastructures. A main goal of the class is to prompt us to be self-reflective about what it means to be a reader at UCSB.