Personal Nonfiction with a Social Conscience
Many nonfiction writers address issues of social justice not so much with facts and figures but through compelling personal stories, often their own. When truly successful in relating personal stories to the larger social and political framework, these writers have influenced generations of readers as well as society as a whole. We will read Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; Art Spiegelman, Maus; John Hersey, Hiroshima; Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran; James McBride, The Color of Water; Deanna Fei, Girl in Glass; Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black; and Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford, In the Country We Love. Active participation in class is encouraged.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased cultural literacy
- Familiarity with nonfiction writing that addresses social justice issues
- The curious and creative
- Professionals who use critical thinking