Honors | Scandalous Books (HON)
H303 | 15672 | Oana Panaite

TuTh 1:00-2:15pm
HU 111

Literary scandals have always revealed hidden issues within society,
which go beyond the realm of art and artists’ freedom of expression.
For centuries, books have been banned and burned in public squares,
writers have been publicly condemned as pornographers, traitors,
prosecuted in a court of law, and forced into exile because they
cast light on important aspects of public or private life such as
slavery, social injustice, political corruption, religious
extremism, poverty, and homosexuality.

The course offers a historical and critical perspective on this
still current topic. The course aims to offer students the skills
required for reading, understanding and enjoying literary texts
while placing them in the general context of their time period.

Reading List
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Charles Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil
Rachilde, Mister Venus
Henry Miller, The Tropic of Cancer
Assia Djebar, So Vast the Prison

The course final grade will be based on the following criteria:
Attendance and active participation
3 papers
Mid-term examination

Exposé: This is a special exercise in which each student will
prepare and deliver a 10-minute individual oral presentation (on set
dates following the completion of primary readings). The exposés
will be presented in pairs, as part of a series of debates around
topics decided together by students and professor. Each exposé will
be evaluated based on: 1. Relevance to the topic chosen; 2.
Originality and preparedness; 3. Clarity of delivery and
contribution to the debate on the chosen topic.