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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 2009G  Literature and Human Values (3 Sections)

English 2009G Section 001    CRN 38087
Literature and Human Values: Love, Hate, Obsession    1200-1250 MWF
This literature course cultivates one’s critical analysis and writing skills through the study of differing narratives, both verse and prose, regarding the theme of love, hate, and obsession. Through the study of texts that represent diverse time periods, genres, and cultures, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of narrative and the quiet manipulation of those building blocks. Furthermore, we will look at why the creation and consumption of stories is so fundamental to the human experience. Drawing from current research in evolutional psychology, neuroscience, and biology, the class will analyze the current theories behind faulty memories, unreliable narration, and the need—or the obsession—to tell stories about love and hate. Some of our texts include The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human byJonathan Gottschall;  Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson;  Lolita byVladimir Nabokov; and Paradise Lost by John Milton. (Group 5)


English 2009G Section 002    CRN 31572
Literature and Human Values: Faith, Survival, Progress    1230-1345 TR
We will examine the key themes of faith, survival, and progress in a selection of literature that takes us from the medieval period to the modern period in western literature. Possible authors to be included: Julian of Norwich, Dante, Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, Stoppard. (Group 5)


English 2009G Section 003    CRN 31573
Literature and Human Values: Labor, Class, Power    1400-1450 MWF
Labor (work), class (status), and power (control and influence): they can contribute to our self-development or our enslavement.  During the semester, we will read and discuss literature that provokes us to think about how people's social structures and habits of mind can foster or destroy human potential. The course will include works by such writers as Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Requirements include pop quizzes, two essays, a midterm, and a final. (Group 5)