From Huckleberry Finn to Catcher in the Rye, the world is rich in stories that depict loveable young men resisting entrenched societal norms. But where are the loveable women and gender non-conformists, young and old, and of color? Our course will look at those living under silencing, societal constraints, both in the West and East, who, denied the same liberties as the dominant group that creates the boundaries, in one way or another become 'runaways,' often simply by claiming their fundamental worth. This is a hybrid course that will ask for creative writing and possibly one analytical essay. We will read fiction and non-fiction, across styles and genres: surrealism, historical fiction, memoir, comics, and more. This course is by instructor permission. NOTE: All students MUST attend the first day of class to ensure a seat.