Comparative Literature | Major Characters in Literature
C145 | 15309-15317 | Dr. Jeff Johnson


Department of Comparative Literature—Fall, 2007

Major Characters in Literature: The Boss of You
CMLT-BE 145/21164   CMLT-C145/15309   11:15-12:30   TR
CMLT-BE 145/21165   CMLT-C145/15310    9:30-10:45   MW
CMLT-BE 145/21166   CMLT-C145/15311   10:10-11:00   MWF
CMLT-BE 145/21167   CMLT-C145/15312   11:15-12:05   MWF
CMLT-BE 145/21168   CMLT-C145/15313    1:00- 2:15   TR
CMLT-BE 145/21169   CMLT-C145/15314    2:30- 3:45   MW
CMLT-BE 145/21171   CMLT-C145/15316    2:30- 3:45   TR
CMLT-BE 145/21172   CMLT-C145/15317    1:00- 2:15   TR



Above classes meets COLL A&H.
Above classes meets COLL Cuture Studies Credit
ABove classes fulfills the COLLEGE, School of Business and School of
Education composition requirements when taken with English W143.

Your shift manager, your professors, your parents and your
significant other: when isn’t someone telling you what to do?
Street signs, warning labels, pop-up windows, the instructions on
the back of the box: even inanimate objects boss us around.  Now is
the time for you to assert your right to read great literature about
other people getting bossed around and to see just what they do
about it.  Not only will we see bullies, thugs, and egomaniacs, but
also the brave and often desperate people who stand up to them.

All sections of BE 145 will read Sophocles’ Antigone, Federico
Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, and H. G. Wells’ The Sleeper
Awakes.  In Sophocles’ timeless tragedy, a devoted sister must
decide whether to honor her homicidal brothers or face the wrath of
the state she lives in.  In a Spanish village, Federico Lorca, one
of the greats of modern literature, introduces us to Bernarda Alba,
the mother of all mothers, as she instructs her daughters in what it
means to be a respectable woman.  The author who brought you The War
of the Worlds and The Time Machine, H. G. Wells tells the futuristic
tale of an insomniac who finally falls asleep—for 2oo years—and
wakes up to discover that he literally owns the world.  Now that he
is the boss of everyone, what next?

Our readings are drawn from different countries and time periods.
Each section will read additional works unique to that section that
may include short stories, poetry, novels, and drama.  Individual
sections may also include television, art, music, and film.
This course focuses on developing skills in critical thinking, clear
communication, and persuasive composition.  The workload includes
three essays, one revision, mid-term and final exams, as well as
shorter writing assignments.  For composition credit, students must
follow this course with BE 146 in the spring semester.  The topic
for BE 146, “Major Themes in Literature,” for the spring semester,
2008, is “Crazytown.”  The course description for this topic is
available below.  Both BE 145 and BE 146 are automatically bundled
with English W 143 (a one credit hour course) to certify composition
credit.


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Below is the description of the second part of our yearly
introductory literature/composition course which will be offered in
Spring 2008.  Together C145 & C146, which are offered automatically
with ENG W143, fullfil the COLL composition requirenment.

Department of Comparative Literature—Spring, 2008

BE 146  Major Themes in Literature: Crazytown

above course meets COLL A&H
above course meets COLL Cultural Studies
above course fulfills the COLLEGE, School of Business and School of
Education composition requirements when taken with English W143.

Welcome to Crazytown!  Chief export: mass hysteria.  Favorite
pastime: losing grip on reality.  Say goodbye to common sense and
sanity for a semester and join us as we visit families, cities, and
entire states where everyone is not quite right in the head.  From
an ancient Greek city-state to a utopia of the 26th century, peek
over the wall of social order and see what people will do when
everyone else is doing it too: herd mentality run amok.  Some
communities destroy themselves from the inside out, while others
embrace the madness of rigid conformity.  And what happens to those
who see Crazytown for what it is?  If they’re lucky, they may just
have their citizenship revoked.

All sections of BE 146 will read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible,
Euripides’ Bacchae, and We by the futurist author Yevgeny Zamyatin.
In his depiction of the Salem witch trials of 1692, Arthur Miller
shows us a community devouring itself in religious madness and
deadly paranoia where the only proof of good citizenship is to
denounce your neighbor.  Religious madness also rocks the mythic
city of Thebes in Euripides’ tragedy as the king tries to stop the
arrival of a new god and his crazy followers whose newest member is
the king’s mother.  In the science fiction classic that inspired
George Orwell’s 1984, we enter a world where technological
advancement, efficiency, and uniformity define what it means to be a
human being: no individuality and no emotions.

Our readings are drawn from different countries and time periods.
Each section will read additional works unique to that section that
may include short stories, poetry, novels, and drama.  Individual
sections may also include television, art, music, and film.

This course continues to work on the development of skills in
critical thinking, clear communication, and persuasive composition
begun in the fall semester with BE 145.  The workload includes three
essays, one revision, mid-term and final exams, as well as shorter
writing assignments.  For composition credit, students must take BE
145 in the fall semester.  Both BE 145 and BE 146 are automatically
bundled with English W 143 (a one credit hour course) to certify
composition credit.