Course Information

Human Values in Literature

Course ID: ENGL 290 - WI
School:Arts and Sciences, College of
Program: English
Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

Are you tired? Exhausted? Burnt out? It's been a year! More accurately, it's been decades of grinding, fighting, and working. We've come to value labor and production over rest and self-care, even in (especially in) moments of crisis and unrest. What if care and rest were forms of capital? Or were used as a means of resistance? Or could be accessed to tell the stories that have gone untold? This course will revolve around care and rest as a means of liberation, both historically and today. We will interrogate contemporary "grind culture" and look toward self-care, social movements, and resistance to better understand the values we ascribe to work, play, and rest. Literature will explore themes of labor, healing, trauma, capitalism, liberation, justice, and resistance, mindfulness. We will read texts by Sayaka Murata, Jenny Odell, Herman Melville, Ross Gay, Henry David Thoreau, and Octavia Butler.


UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor Location
A Mon, Tue, Wed 3:35 PM - 5:45 PM Hopwood ONLINE

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