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The Monstrous Imagination in Literature

Description:
Literature not only creates monsters, but seems to enjoy the imaginative leap needed to make "real" the obviously unreal monster. Why does literature uses its imaginative power its ability to move beyond reality & to envision figures that are non-human, abnormal, or uncivilized and are disturbing, disruptive, or horrific in form? If we examine these figures closely, one of the things that makes them both very human and very monstrous is their imaginative excess: they often have an imagination that is out of control, overly-rebellious or engaged in too-powerful thinking. Thus, this class argues that literature uses the figure of the monster to question the benefits, powers, and downfalls of the imagination. By asking you to question why the imagination creates monsters, this class asks you to question the nature of the imagination itself; especially the imagination that creates and reads literature.

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2015 Spring

Section Class Number Weekly Schedule Time Instructor Location
01 13427 MW 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM Egle,Lamont L HLL-3507 More Info
01D 13428 F 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM Egle,Lamont L HLL-3507 More Info
02D 13429 F 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM Egle,Lamont L W02-0123 More Info
03D 13430 F 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM Egle,Lamont L M01-0210 More Info

2015 Fall

Section Class Number Weekly Schedule Time Instructor Location
02 13840 Tu 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM Egle,Lamont L W02-0200 More Info
07D 13841 Th 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM Egle,Lamont L W02-0200 More Info
08D 13842 Th 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM Egle,Lamont L W01-0037 More Info
09D 13843 Th 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM Egle,Lamont L S02-0066 More Info
10D 13844 Th 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM Egle,Lamont L W04-0122 More Info