English R1A

Reading and Composition: Gods and Monsters


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Fall 2004 Sharon Goetz
MWF 3-4 104 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

"Anon. (trans. Heaney): Beowulf

Delany, S.: The Einstein Intersection

Sturgeon, T.: More Than Human



plus a course reader containing the following short texts:

Anon. (trans. Bradley): Judith

Butler, O.: ""The Evening and the Morning and the Night""

Carroll, L.: ""Jabberwocky""

Chiang, T.: ""Liking What You See""

Ford, J. M.: ""Heat of Fusion""

Keats, J.: Lamia

Murphy, P.: ""His Vegetable Wife""

Padgett, L.: ""Mimsy Were the Borogoves""

Shelley, P.: ""Ozymandias""

Wolfe, G.: ""The Fifth Head of Cerberus""

Zelazny, R.: ""24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai""





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Description

"Using texts that explore the exercise of unusual power by unusual characters, this course examines the entangled interfaces linking human and almost-human, individual and community, and identity and responsibility. Who determines what is ""human"" or ""normal""? How does ignoring or minimizing difference impact someone's relationship with society? Where and how do personal and social responsibility overlap and come into conflict? What are some ramifications of the resulting ideological compromise? These questions and others offer points of departure for class discussion as well as the written component of this course. In a series of short essays, we will address the argumentative thesis, issues of sentence and paragraph structure, use of textual evidence, and the process of revision. In addition, please be aware that active participation in class is vital to your success in this course. "


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