The following Senior Independent Study titled Modern Day Slavery: A Literary and Pedagogical Liberation Movement for Human Sexual Trafficking as a First-Year Seminar serves to educate students on a topic that is not often discussed—human sexual trafficking. The project follows the outline of coursework typically seen in a First-Year Seminar (FYS) here at The College of Wooster, which the author has titled “Modern Day Slavery.” The course takes a literary approach to teaching human sexual trafficking by analyzing several texts, applying literary theory, and comparing the interpretations to the issue of human sexual trafficking. The texts include: the nonfictional slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, the poems “Notes From A Chicana ‘Coed’” by Bernice Zamora and “To Julia de Burgos” by Julia de Burgos, and the fictional memoir Sold by Patricia McCormick. The texts reveal how the perpetuation of oppression in a certain environment can enable a society to oppress different groups of people in new forms. Finally, the project observes how the anti-human trafficking organization called the A21 Campaign is currently working to combat human trafficking and helping women recover from their abuse. The main purposes of this seminar are to educate students on a worldwide women’s issue, develop writing skills, and learn how to critically read a text using literary theories.


Wingard, Leslie




Comparative Literature

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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