English | INTRO WRITING & STUDY OF LITERATURE
L141 | 16392-16397 | Marsh
ENG L141 INTRO WRITING & STUDY OF LITERATURE
16392 TR 10:10a-11:00a MY 130 MARSH
"Monsters" examines the fears and anxieties that gave birth to three
monstrous classics in the nineteenth century, from biographical
misery to scientific megalomania and imperialist fantasy: Mary
Shelley's Frankenstein (1818/1831), Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897). It will draw
on short related texts (philosophical, political, scientific, etc.),
Romantic poems, short stories, early stage adaptations, private
journals, and--most importantly--an international array of films,
from Alfred Hitchcock's dark exploration of doubleness, Psycho
(1960), to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982), and from F.W.
Murnau's Expressionist masterpiece Nosferatu (1922) to Francis Ford
Coppola's 1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula. In doing so it will unravel
our strange inheritances from these perennially popular and powerful
works, which have become myths by which we still live. Format:
Lectures; discussion sections; mandatory evening screenings (M/T,
max. 6). Assignments (likely): 2 midterms, 2 papers, cumulative
final, quizzes. Writing instruction: Emphasis on brainstorming,
analysis, revision--and how to combine all these in polished essays.