Composition II Themes: Comics
This course fulfills the requirements of a standard Composition II class while analyzing a range of comics and graphic novels as works of contemporary art and literature. During the semester we'll be reading stories ranging from science fiction and fantasy to deeply personal memoirs and socio-political satire. In order to better understand these stories and the medium in which they're presented, we'll also be studying and discussing literary and visual arts criticism and analysis techniques and terminology and writing about our experiences.
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Poetry is a course that focuses on the literary study of the poetic elements in a scholarly manner. Much of the course is based on student discussion and the essays students write over the course of the semester. Students may be interested in this class if they plan on a major in English, education, or rhetoric and writing. Students may also have the chance to share their own poetry and receive constructive feedback, although that is not a requirement to pass the course. Passing Composition II with a C or better is a prerequisite for enrollment in this course.
Myth gives a sense of belonging, of being the children of someone of consequence in a culture of consequence, of superiority, or purpose, but in pre-literate societies it also organizes knowledge and distributes rights and responsibilities and reinforces laws and positive and negative behaviors. This course surveys world mythology by concentrating on heroic literature, the epic in its oral tradition, and its relationship to types of myths such as foundation myths, creation myths, flood myths, and myths pertaining to geography and space. Emphasizing the myth of early societies, the course will draw from similarities among the great mythos of world cultures and the history of the development of hierarchies and civilizations as seen in myth as well as epic. Archetypal, parallel myths will be studied from around the world with an examination of plot, characterization, style and cultural values. The myths are arranged geographically into seven major cultures: Greece and Rome, the Middle East, Northern Europe, Britain, the Far East, Africa, and the Americas.
World Literature Themes: Comedy
As a child of festival traditions, comic literature serves as a break from the drudgery of everyday existence and encourages the audience to see the world in new, sometimes upside-down, ways. In doing so, comic authors challenge authority with a sly grin and a wink to those who are in on the joke. World Literature Themes: Comedy traces the comic tradition from the City Dionysia festivals of Ancient Greece through the late 20th century with an emphasis on the cultural and political forces that shaped these works and their humor.
World Literature Themes: Horror
World Literature Themes: Horror is a survey of literary tradition through the lens of individual and cultural anxieties. Students will consider the psychological, cultural, and political forces that give rise to these anxieties as they study works of horror from each major literary period.