Comparative Literature | Major Themes in Western Literature: Crazytown
C146 | 11972 | Dr. Johnson, supervisor

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CMLT-BE 146  “Major Themes in Literature: Crazytown"

Class Sections:
11968	MWF	10:10-11:00	ARR
11969	TR	2:30-3:45	ARR
11970	TR	1:00-2:15	ARR
11972	TR	11:15-12:30	Johnson, supervisor
11973	TR	4:00-5:15	ARR
13029	MW	9:30-10:45	ARR
27347	MW	2:30-3:45	ARR

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

Welcome to Crazytown! Chief export: mass hysteria. Say goodbye to
common sense for a semester and join us as we visit families, cities,
and entire states where everyone is kind of messed up. From an
ancient Greek city-state to a utopia of the 26th century, peek over
the wall of social order and see what people will do when everyone
else is doing it too. Some communities destroy themselves from the
inside out, while others embrace the madness of rigid conformity. All
sections of BE 146 will read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Euripides’
Bacchae, and We by the futurist author Yevgeny Zamyatin. In his
depiction of the Salem witch trials of 1692, Arthur Miller shows us a
community devouring itself in religious madness and deadly paranoia.
Religious madness also rocks the mythic city of Thebes in Euripides’
tragedy as the king tries to stop the arrival of a new god and his
crazy followers whose newest member is the king’s mother. In the
science fiction classic that inspired George Orwell’s 1984, we enter
a world where technological advancement, efficiency, and uniformity
define what it means to be a human being. 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 continues to work on the development of skills in
critical thinking, clear communication, and persuasive composition
begun in the fall semester with BE 145. The workload includes three
essays, one revision, mid-term and final exams, as well as shorter
writing assignments. For composition credit, students must take BE
145 in the fall semester. Both BE 145 and BE 146 are automatically
bundled with English W 143 (a one credit hour course) to certify
composition credit.