Sex, Death and Money
MW 3:05PM - 4:20PM
In this course we will read and discuss literature that in various and difficult and fascinating ways take up these topics, all or in part. We’ll read John Donne, Shakespeare, Henry James, Tennessee Williams—to name a few. And you will write responses to the readings along the way. But I am more interested in your being prepared to discuss whatever we read than in covering too wide a range of texts: that is, I will give you time to think and to talk about what I ask you to read before moving on to the next piece of literature. In addition to short written responses, I’ll require one longer (4-5pp) piece of creative non-fiction. Class participation is a must. Required texts: Shakespeare, Othello, Henry James, Portrait of a Lady, Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Strunk and White, The Elements of Style.
I will give you a syllabus when we meet, but it would be a good idea to read the Henry James novel over the summer, if at all possible.