COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 003 Writing after Prometheus
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
50
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Why is the Greek god Prometheus—who creates humans, teaches them to use fire, and invents writing for them— punished by Zeus? If even gods can be punished for their well-meaning innovations, how easy it must be for humans to transgress the social or natural limits on technological innovation. In this first year writing course, students will think, read, and write about ethical questions concerning the use of technology, and how different cultures in the past have thought about these questions.

We will discuss historical and fictional accounts of scientific innovators who were persecuted for defying societal values. Reading and writing assignments will explore various Prometheus-figures in literature and film, including Goethe's “Prometheus” poem, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Ridley Scott's Prometheusmovie; we will also reflect on journalistic writing that takes different stands on technology.

Course Requirements:

Students will practice several types of writing through short and long writing assignments, both at home and in-class. The tasks presented will become progressively more complex; students will first summarize, then analyze a single literary work. They will later learn to compare multiple works and will ultimately learn to incorporate scholarly publications on a literary work into their argument. Some class-time will be reserved for students to give one another feedback on their writing.

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COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
18281
Open
18
 
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MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
P
18282
Open
3
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (REC)
P
20862
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (REC)
P
22588
Open
13
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (REC)
P
24026
Open
2
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (REC)
P
24543
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 019953831X
Theogony ; and, Works and days, Author: Hesiod ; translated with an introduction and notes by M.L. West., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissued. 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0393927938
Frankenstein : the 1818 text, contexts, criticism, Author: Mary Shelley ; edited by J. Paul Hunter., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. 2nd ed.
Required
ISBN: 141301349X
Writing analytically with readings, Author: David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen., Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth [Rev. ed.] 2008
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0312542542
A pocket style manual., Author: Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers ; contributing ESL specialist, Marcy Carbajal Van Horn., Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 6th ed.
Optional
ISBN: 038549081X
The handmaid's tale, Author: Margaret Atwood., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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