Exploring the Intersections of Society: The Haves, The Have Nots, And Those In Between

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March 27, 2023 - April 24, 2023 (5 sessions)

Mondays, 6:00PM - 8:00PM ET


Course description:

“The rich people not only had all the money, they had all the chance to get more; they had all the knowledge and the power, and so the poor man was down, and he had to stay down.” Coming from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, we will begin our foray into the ways in which social ills—economic, social, and otherwise—have come to influence the various spheres of inquiry from a variety of disciplines. “The Haves, the Have Nots, and Those in Between” seeks to delve into such depictions of those within the three categories proposed by the course title. Through our time together, we will explore such issues of inequalities that inhabit the texts as well as the authorial intent of proposing conducive change—whether realized or not. The course will adopt a pragmatic lens of protest literature, as proposed by Dr. John Stauffer of Harvard University, which includes three primary factors represented in the works we will explore: 1 empathy, shock value, and symbolic action. By the end of the five-week session, we will have explored texts that speak to inequality/ies and begin to question what the authors, directors, and producers seek to change within their respective societies, or perhaps what the legacy the works ultimately provided society as a direct result.  

This course conceptualizes the term “text” as a wide-ranging word that includes written documents, novels, film, and music as part of the umbrella definition. As such, the course will incorporate not only written text but also visual media. 


Course Materials:

1. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Edited by David Alworth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2022.  ISBN: 978-0-393-65659-6.  

2. Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Edited by Clare Virginia Eby. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2022.  ISBN: 978-0-393-42036-4.

3. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. Edited by Anne Fernald. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2021.  ISBN:  978-0-393-65599-5.  


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80%    Full-time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
50%    Spouse or domestic partner of full time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
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50% refund- During the first week of the course.

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ABOUT Daniel Charlton

Mr. Daniel C. Charlton is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Montana State University Billings. He is an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins University where he received his Master’s of Liberal Arts in 2020. Daniel currently researches the intersections of labor and the noble proletariat depictions as they are conceptualized in American literature, particularly the naturalism movement with particular attention to Frank Norris and Upton Sinclair. Prior to his move to the university-level, Daniel taught English at the high school level for eight years with experience teaching ESL in Central Asia. His teaching duties now include Educational Psychology and assisting pre-service English teachers with pedagogy and conducive methodological practices. Currently, Daniel Charlton is working on the completion of his Ph.D. in American Studies, making historical and literary interventions in the Naturalist literary period in American literature.

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Monday, March 27, 2023
6:00pm EDT

Monday, April 24, 2023
8:00pm EDT

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