ENGL 253

Banned Books

Prerequisite: First-year students with permission. We will read banned books from a range of historical periods and will work to understand society’s ethical ambivalence towards these texts. We will investigate whether literature’s treatment of topics like religion, violence, race, and sexuality is dangerous or even harmful, ask how society should react to potentially disruptive literature, and work to determine the social value of these works. III.O, V.2, V.7