|1||Summer 2017|| Lorden, Jennifer A.
||MTuW 1:00-3:30||237 Cory|| Reading and Composition
Calvocoressi, Gabrielle: The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart: Poems; Delanty, Greg, ed.: The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation; Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
Film Screening: Sunset Boulevard (we will be screening this in-class)
The experience of death is one of the most difficult, yet most urgent, to imaginatively represent in literature. Since, of course, no writer can offer a firsthand account of that "undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns," each who seeks to deal with the subject of death must resort to myriad creative strategies to paint a portrait of death that is, so to speak, true to life. This class will approach one category of such representations, those in which a main character or group of characters is dead from the very beginning of the narration. How does the presence of the dead function in a work of liteature, and what do these texts suggest about the way death functions in life?
For the purposes of this class, of course, our primary concern will be to develop critical arguments from these texts. You'll share your findings though in-class discussions and writing workshops and discover ways to construct arguments from such disparate genres of writing. You will write and revise three essays.
This 4-unit course will be taught in Session A, from May 22 to June 28.