Spring 2023 Undergraduate English Courses

358:437 Seminar: Twentieth Century Literature and Culture

01   MTH2   CAC   05421   JURECIC  HC-S120

In the mid-to-late twentieth century, there were a remarkable number of women essayists who were not yet recognized as public intellectuals, but who were, in fact, ahead of their time. In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote about climate change in Silent Spring. Susan Sontag wrote about photography and the ethics of regarding others from 1977-2003. Joan Didion redefined the essay between the 1960s and 2000s, analyzing cultural as well as national politics. In the 1980s, Patricia J. Williams began writing groundbreaking essays about race, gender, law and intersectionality. Each of these writers provided models for how to resist the received truths of their time and changed how American readers thought about issues that continue to be important today. The final project in this course will invite students to discover and write about a mid-to-late woman essayist of their choice.