ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 026
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The novelist Christina Stead once wrote in a letter to a friend, “Every love story is a ghost story.” I might tweak that to say every story—love story or not—is a ghost story. Certainly not every story features an actual ghost. What does it mean, then, to be haunted? And how is literature—the stories we read and tell ourselves—suited for that haunting? This course will chart our attempt to find out. To do so, we’ll closely examine a wide variety of texts—novels, plays, poems, stories, essays, and even a film or two—that do feature apparitions, ghosts, or other ambiguously spectral figures. Unlike the ghosts of campfire stories, apparitions in literature don’t have to be terrifying (though they can be). More often, literary ghosts are the undead remnants of the past, time travelers of a sort (“The time,” says Hamlet upon seeing his father’s ghost, “is out of joint”). So one aspect we’ll investigate is this question of time: how do these ghosts fit in the narratives they occupy? Whom are they haunting, and why? What do they want from the characters in the world they inhabit? But we’ll also draw these questions out from the texts and into the world we inhabit, the “real” one. In what ways are we ourselves haunted? By historical and cultural contexts like race, socio-economic standing, or gender identity? By family histories? Individual histories? How can we bring our own experiences—or in the words of Sandra Cisneros, our own cultural and personal “ghosts and obsessions”—to bear on the literature we read? Finally we’ll ask, too, about literary haunting, what the critic Harold Bloom calls “the anxiety of influence.” Do the different texts we encounter haunt one another? How so? What can we learn at the intersections and collisions between one text and another? This is a discussion-based course with a heavy reading load and a heavy writing load. It’ll be hard work, and a lot of fun.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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