Novels with a Social Conscience
Examine how eight important novelists offer moving, memorable stories that illuminate the injustices evident in cultures and communities. Issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class are given special focus. We will read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Carson McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Richard Wright’s Native Son, Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run?, Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine, Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Édouard Louis’s The End of Eddy. Active participation in class discussions is encouraged.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased exposure to novels that address social and political issues
- Increased cultural literacy
- Anyone who loves reading novels
- Those who care about injustice in the world
- Students who use and appreciate critical thinking