From Aeschylus to Alison Bechdel

This fall, I’m teaching an undergraduate seminar, “Politics Through Literature,” at Brooklyn College. Space is still open.

Our syllabus runs from Aeschylus to Alison Bechdel, concentrating on the politics of the family, beauty, money, and sex. Along the way, we’ll read Vivian Gornick, Ralph Ellison, Bertolt Brecht, Plato, Marx, James Baldwin, Anton Chekhov, Barbara Fields, Euripides, Edward P. Jones, Jane Austen, Nietzsche, Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith, Franz Kafka, Toni Morrison, and more.

If you’re looking for a three-credit class on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 11 to 12:15, feel free to reach out to me ( or sign up for POLS 3440.

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  1. Stephen Brinson August 16, 2022 at 12:21 am | #

    Not an eligible student, but I’m interested nonetheless – is there any way for non-students to see the syllabus? I’m very curious.

  2. Thomas August 29, 2022 at 1:04 am | #

    ^^same question as Mr. Brinson. I couldn’t graduate college but would love to read some of these books.

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