ENGL 242 B: Reading Prose Fiction

Underworlds

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Location: 
PCAR 290
SLN: 
14082
Instructor:
Barbara Henry
Note: 
w/RUSS 260

Additional Details:

Examines real and metaphoric underworlds in literature and films about the afterlife, the heroic journey, guilt, grief, violence, and redemption. Students learn how the mythic underworld functions not only in art, but in their own lives.

Underworlds are both real and metaphoric: subways and coalmines, Hades and Hell, criminal subcultures, political undergrounds, horror movie basements and windowless office cubicles.

Stories of these underworlds address the most profound questions of our lives: what happens after We die? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What are our responsibilities to our world, each other, ourselves?

This class looks at works of art and literature from Russia, the US, and Europe, set in many different underworlds, which intersect with and shape our perceptions of the world around us. You will learn to recognize the mythic underworld and understand how it functions not only in art, but in your own life.

All readings in English.

 

UNDERWORLDS RUSS120/ C Lit 250A/ CHID 270B Winter 2016 Underworlds are both real and metaphoric: subways and coalmines, Hades and Hell, criminal subcultures, political undergrounds , h orror - movie basements and windowless office cubicles. Stories of these underworlds address the most profound questions of our lives: what happens after we die? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What are our responsibilities to our world, each other, ourselves? This class looks at works of art an d literature from Russia, the US, and Europe, set in many different underworlds, which intersect with and shape our perceptions of the world around us. You will learn to recognize the mythic underworld and understand how it functions not only in art, but in your own life. All readings in English.

Catalog Description: 
Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 3:58pm