Topics in Literature: Into the Wild

Course Number: ENGL 65IW
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: Open to non-majors. Course may be repeated twice providing the letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 65AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2014
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Location: BSIF 1217

This course will serve as an exploration, in literature and film, of the theme of individuals who either seek out or are thrown into wild, unknown, dangerous, supernatural, and post-human territories. In these territories (forests, secret islands, the Alaskan wilderness, enchanted castles, haunted caves, war zones, dark undergrounds, dangerous rivers, other planets, etc.), we will consider the ways in which the human comes up against and struggles with, but also forms alliances with, the non- and the inhuman. This course will also explore the tensions between what we believe are "civilized," "natural," and "unnatural" world. Texts will cover a wide historical range--for example, from the medieval *Gawain and the Green Knight* to Francis Ford Coppola's *Apocalypse Now*, from Shakespeare's *Macbeth* to Danny Boyle's *Sunshine*, from Jonathan Swift's *Gulliver's Travels* to Werner Herzog's *Grizzly Man*.