Honors | Beauty and the Beast (COLL)
E103 | 27433 | Vivian Halloran

Note: Some evening film showings required

As we discuss the various roles literature plays in popular culture,
this course will problematize and call into question our assumptions
about: 1)what constitutes a literary classic? 2)how do beauty
standards change when applied to people and to animals? 3)what
counts as beastly behavior in both people and animals? The assigned
readings will focus on blurring the boundaries that usually
render "beauty" and "beastliness" as inherently incompatible
qualities. By considering instances where humans and animals come
into direct conflict, this course will analyze social assumptions
about the significance of virtue and vice, humanity and beastliness.
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 among them, The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe, Equus, The Metamorphosis and Midsummer
Night's Dream. This course also will include discussions of the
interrelationship between visual depictions of humans and animals in
painting, photographs, sculpture, film, websites and/or television.

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