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Counterstory Practice in Contemporary Literature and Media


This seminar explores Counterstory, a methodology for exposing and challenging dominant cultural narratives about identities, events, and power. We examine counterstories in contemporary literature and media, examine the theory and craft behind them, and create original counterstories. You┬┐ll learn the method of counterstory not only to create your own, but also to share it with others in educational and other settings where stories are critical to social change-from journalism and documentary film to health, social justice, and community organizations. Note: this is a companion class to EDUC 141, sharing a number of lectures and activities, but designed for students interested in fulfilling the Writing & Rhetoric 2 requirement. Prerequisite: PWR 1.