Comparative Literature | Major Theme in Lit.: Forbidden Knowledge
C146 | 14627-14634 | Supervisor: Dr. Johnson

No permission is needed for CMLT-C146.  Please register under
CMLT-BE 146 and use the following class numbers for your section.
22388	MWF	10:10-11:00	22392	MW	4:00-5:15
22389	MWF	11:15-12:05	22393	TR	9:30-10:45	
22390	MWF	10:10-11:00	22394	TR	11:15-12:30
22391	MWF	1:25-2:15	22395	TR	4:00-5:15

2nd 8-weeks
26963     MW 4:00-6:15

CMLT-C BE 146, Major Themes in Literature:
“Forbidden Knowledge”

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

Knowledge is power, and forbidden knowledge makes for powerful
literature.  Spend a semester with us watching people get into
trouble for knowing too much.  The curious, the greedy, the
egomaniac all tempt fate as they try to peer beyond the normal
limits of human understanding.  Some want to compete with the gods,
while others are just in it for the money, and some simply won’t
take no for an answer.  At the same time we will be looking at the
characters who declare knowledge forbidden in the first place.  What
are their motives, and what are they hiding?  Why do they share
knowledge with some characters but not others?  And how do they
react when the ban is broken?  At the heart of this rich literary
theme is the knowledge itself: family secrets, dangerous scientific
information, religious taboos, keys to political power, concealed
identities, and unwanted revelations.  In some tales, forbidden
knowledge ruins the lives of the characters forever, while in others
it proves to be a hoax, a mirage, a lie.  Throughout the semester,
we will be looking at the very issue of how knowledge is controlled
and passed on, how we verify the knowledge we get, and what should
be done with it once it is in our grasp.
	All sections of CMLT-C BE 146 will be reading Aeschylus’
Prometheus Bound, The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk, Christopher
Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and Alexander
Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades,” in addition to other works unique
to the individual sections.  Some sections will also include
selections of art, music, television, and film.  The course will
continue the fall semester’s emphasis on critical thinking, clear
communication, and effective argumentation.  Assignments will
include 3 analytical essays, mid-term and final exams, quizzes, and
other brief assignments.  CMLT-C BE 146 is bundled with English
W143, a one-credit hour class, for composition credit.
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