This seminar explores the intersection between literary and legal studies, with a particular focus on race and gender. Through literature and some film, the seminar examines the role of law in the structure of conflict, personal relationships, social hierarchy and social change, with attention to privilege, perspective, and voice. Possible authors include Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Ava DuVernay, Lorraine Hansberry, Ursula Hegi, Kazuo Ishiguro, Nella Larsen, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, and Richard Wright.
Grades will be determined from class participation, weekly response papers, and final paper pursuing a theme from the course.
|Course Areas of Practice|
Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession