Spring Semester Sophomore Choice

Guiding questions for this course include: What is the relationship between censorship and tolerance within a free society? How can literature and art serve as political tools, both in America and abroad? What is our role as citizens in promoting freedom of speech & expression? In this course, we will examine the degree to which the creation and consumption of literature (and art, more generally) is inextricably linked to the social and political contexts of the creators and the consumers. By reading closely a set of texts that have been, or currently are, banned/restricted in America and elsewhere, we will explore the dynamics of various social issues and challenge ourselves to think carefully about the role of free speech inside a increasingly globalized world.