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 George Orwell, Animal Farm; Philip Roth, The Plot Against America; Louise Meriwether, Daddy Was a Number Runner; James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room; Nadine Gordimer, July’s People; Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Gloria Naylor, The Women of Brewster Place; and Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You. Active participation in class discussions is encouraged. Please read Animal Farm for the first class.
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