Warning: Grown-Up or Uncomfortable Stuff Ahead
One final introductory note -- because the course covers contemporary and older American popular fiction, some assigned readings this term may contain:
--violent content, including graphic depictions of violent acts
--sexual content, including graphic depictions of sexual activity, sometimes involving participants from orientations other than your own
--references to or depictions of mind-altering substance use, smoking, gambling, criminal acts, etc.
--adult-appropriate language, swearing/profanity
--offensive ethnic, gender identity, religious, age-group, sexual orientation, national origin, or other stereotypes and slurs
Those content elements may also come up in discussion, but you're not required to comment on them if you prefer not to. You do need to complete assigned readings and read discussion posts.
Sometimes a work is too important to avoid. For example, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read. However, it may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more. Here are some steps you, as a professor, can take so that your class can examine this source in the most productive and safe manner possible:
This particular part is a big problem. my wife is currently doing research on emotional disclosure in classrooms (particularly in composition classrooms), and she's found that expectations of detailed emotional disclosure of traumatic material are rampant, and alternate assignments are rare.
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