Comparative Literature | Major Characters in Western Lit: Dysfunctional Families
C145 | 13532 | Prof. Jeff Johnson
Section Numbers and Times
13532: TR 11:15-12:30
13533: MW 9:30-10:45
13534: MWF 10:10-11:00
13535: MWF 11:15-12:05
13536: TR 1:00-2:15
13537: MW 2:30-3:45
13538: TR 2:30-3:45
13539: TR 1:00-2:15
Meets A&H, Cultural Studies Requirements and fulfills the COLLEGE,
School of Business & School of Education composition requirements when
taken with English W143.
They put the fun in dysfunctional!
Get ready to feel really good about your own family as we dive into a
semester of sibling rivalry, emotional baggage, generation gaps,
terrible secrets, childish adults, and precocious children. Before
there was Jerry Springer, poets, playwrights, and novelists were
competing to see who could invent the most messed up families.
All sections will read Euripides’ Hippolytus, Shakespeare’s Titus
Andronicus, and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. In Euripides’ infamous tragedy,
a young man offends the goddess of love for the sake of his virginity
and then discovers just how twisted love can be. In Shakespeare’s most
scandalous play, children become pawns in the unspeakable feud of
their parents. Kafka’s freakish fable of modern angst begins when the
breadwinner of a middle class family awakes to find that he is a giant
insect. 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 useful in all majors:
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, 2009, is “To Hell and Back.” The course description for this
topic is also available. Both BE 145 and BE 146 are automatically
bundled with English W 143 (a one credit hour course) to certify