Comparative Literature | Ghosts
C146 | 1116 | Bush, C


Section meets COAS Arts & Humanities requirement
Must concurrently enroll in W143 to meet COAS composition requirement

Class Meets:  TR 1:00-2:15P    BH 305

Nearly all cultures at all times have produced some kind of ghost
stories.  Even in our own, supposedly scientific, rational, and
materialist culture, ghosts are as popular as ever in literature and
film.  Why do people enjoy being scared?  What do ghosts tell us
about the way people understand their relationship to the past or
the relationship between this world and possible others?  How do
ghosts sometimes represent unresolved personal or cultural issues:
an unrequited love, an historical injustice, or a family curst that
has yet to play itself out?  How do they help define the people and
places they haunt?  We will address these and related questions as
we explore the figure of the ghost from medieval imaginings of the
after-life to the modern horror film.

Readings:  Core texts for all sections will be:  Dante’s Inferno,
Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Henry James’s “A Turn of the Screw,” and Toni
Morrison’s Beloved.  Additional texts will be selected by the
section instructors.

The course will require three essays, two exams (mid-term and
final), short writing assignments, and regular attendance and
participation.