BiblioFiles #40: Politics and Literature

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Things get spicy as the CenterForLit crew takes on a sensitive subject: the role of politics in literature. Politics is an important part of the human experience, and so it is no surprise that it often raises its head in our best literature. But what does that mean for the way we teach political themes in literature to our students - even if we agree with the author? Why is some written political literature more artful that others? Fasten your seatbelts, because we're taking these issues to the BiblioFiles table!

 

Referenced Works:

 To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

– Plato's Republic

– A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

– Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

– War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Great Books of the Western World by Encyclopedia Britannica, edited by Robert Hutchins and Mortimer Adler

 A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

– The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

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