Honors | Beauty & the Beast (COLL)
E103 | 26015 | Vivian Halloran


Lecture MW 2:30-3:20pm
Discussion F 11:15am-12:05pm

Note: Some evening film showings required

This course will problematize and call into question our assumptions
about 1) What constitutes a literary classic? 2) How are definitions
of beauty culturally bound? 3) What counts as beastly behavior? As
we discuss the various roles literature plays in popular culture.
The assigned readings will focus on blurring the boundaries that
usually render “beauty” and “beastliness” as inherently incompatible
qualities. By looking at instances where beautiful people act in
beastly ways or texts which glamorize evil, this course will analyze
social assumptions about the significance of virtue and vice. We
will read a variety of texts from antiquity until the present, which
belong to different stylistic literary genres from the epic, to the
lyric, short story, drama and novel. This course will look at the
interrelationship between visual depictions of beauty and
beastliness in painting, photographs, sculpture, film, websites
and/or television and strictly textual depictions of outward beauty
and the beast within.

Requirements: two 4-5 page papers, a midterm and final essay exam,
and final project. Participation in class discussion is a must.