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Fall 2012
Mar 24, 2018
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IN PRAISE OF MISFITS, FREAKS, AND DERELICTS~To feel one is a misfit, to be called a freak, to be judged a derelict can have long-standing and profoundly negative influence over how one experiences the world and one's access to its riches, pleasures, and opportunities. These terms have, then, the ability to shape an individual's self-perception and determine the course of his or her life. These same labels can, however, inspire individuals to challenge the status quo and motivate them to rewrite the rules and prejudices that give these labels their governing power. This course seeks to reclaim these terms from the punitive realm, to see them not only as opportunities for self-expression and social protest but also as occasions for celebrating and championing difference. To reach these recuperative ends, we will read and reflect on literary, filmic, and autobiographical accounts of the "misfit," the "freak," and the "derelict," and consider how the dominant culture, the mainstream, the normal rely on and in many respects cannot operate without the presence of these marginalized individuals.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Freshman Colloquium Department

Course Attributes:
Sakai, First-Year Appropriate

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