College of Arts and Sciences | Beauty and the Beast (A&H) (3 cr.)
E103 | 11469 | Halloran, V


11:15 AM – 12:05 PM TR
See Schedule of Classes for discussion section times
Note: Some evening film viewings required.

As we discuss the various roles literature plays in popular culture,
this course problematizes and calls into question our assumptions
about 1) what constitutes a literary classic, 2) how beauty
standards change when applied to people and to animals, and 3) what
counts as beastly behavior in both people and animals.  The assigned
readings focus on blurring the boundaries that usually
render “beauty” and “beastliness” as inherently incompatible
qualities.  By considering instances where humans and animals come
into direct conflict, we analyze social assumptions about the
significance of virtue and vice, humanity and beastliness.  Readings
are drawn from a variety of texts—from antiquity up to  the present—
which belong to different stylistic literary genres: from the epic
to the lyric, short story, drama, and novel .  Among them are, The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Equus, The Metamorphosis and
Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This course also includes discussions of
the interrelationship between visual depictions of humans and
animals in painting, photographs, sculpture, film, Web sites, and/or
television.
Requirements:  two 4–5 page papers, a midterm, final essay exam, and
final project.  Participation in class discussion is a must.