Comparative Literature | Major Themes in Western Lit: To Hell and Back
C146 | 6099 | Prof. Jeff Johnson


6096 10:10-11:00 MWF
15464 2:30-3:45 MW
6097 2:30-3:45 TR
6098 1:00-2:15 TR
6099 11:15-12:30 TR
6100 4:00-5:15 TR
12100 9:30-10:45 MW

*meets A&H and Cultural Studies Requirements, and fulfills the COAS,
School of Business, and School of Education composition requirements
when taken in conjunction with W143*

Duck out the back door, walk day and night, catch a boat, run for your
life, close your eyes and pray for a miracle. The world of literature
is filled with unforgettable tales of escape from the worst places in
the human imagination. Join us for a semester of characters who have
to run, hide, and click their heels to get back to the places they
love. Some make it; some don’t.
All sections of CMLT-BE 146 will read H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr.
Moreau, the ancient epic Gilgamesh, the Book of Job, and Sophocles’
Philoctetes. In Wells’ most frequently filmed novel, the sole survivor
of a shipwreck lands on an isolated island where a mad scientist
performs freakish experiments on animals and people to discover the
essence of humanity. Lost for centuries, the tale of Gilgamesh
recounts the hero’s journey to the end of the earth to find the
meaning of life. Perhaps the most famous and influential character
from ancient Israelite literature, Job confronts the mysterious forces
that have made his life a hell on earth. In Sophocles’ Trojan War
tragedy, a wounded soldier abandoned on a desert island finally has
his chance to escape, but only if he helps the man he hates most in
the world. 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.