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IM - Introductory/Intermediate

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Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

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A survey of Anglo-American literature from the Scientific Revolution to the present.

Focuses on the ongoing debate about the role of science in Western culture, the potential benefits and dangers of scientific experimentation, the spiritual, religious, social and political issues that come about with the Ages of Discovery and Reason, and their treatment in literature.

Specific debates include concerns over what is “natural,” whether knowledge is dangerous, the perils of objectivity, and the mind/body dichotomy; works include Shelley’s Frankenstein, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Brecht’s Galileo, Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams and Naylor’s Mama Day as well as short stories and poems. Writing-focused option.



Prerequisite: Writing Seminar I.

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