Fall ’22–ENGL 577: Major Literary Themes, Coming of Age in Southern Spaces

ENGL 577: Major Literary Themes, Coming of Age in Southern Spaces
Professor: Dr. Julia Eichelberger
Location: CofC
Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:15

Since 1900, numerous authors have represented transitions from childhood to adulthood in the U. S. South. This course will compare and contrast the experiences of Southern children and young people from different eras, social identities, and communities. In contemplating the opportunities and dangers confronting individuals during this transition, we will explore the ways they interact with their families, their cultures, and their histories, as well as with their natural and human-made environments.  Authors may include Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Alison, Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Gaines, Pater Taylor, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jesmyn Ward, and others. All students will participate in seminar-style discussion of these texts and of their own research and writing. Graduate students will incorporate a more extensive array of research materials and will produce lengthier presentations and written works than undergraduates.

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