UCLR 100

UCLR 100 (09E)
Interpreting Literature
Cross-Platform Frankenstein
T, R 1:00-2:15
Mundelein Center 203
Jones

This foundational course in literary studies will require you to read closely and analyze carefully a representative variety of prose, poetry, and drama, master key literary and critical terms, and explore a variety of core critical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of literature. In this course we’ll explore important conceptual questions about literature and its study, for example: What is literature? Why does it matter? How has it been conceived in different times and places? How do we envision the relationships among author, text, and reader or audience? What is the difference between reading a literary work in its historical context and in the light of our own contemporary time? Where does meaning come from in literature? What is literary interpretation and what role does it have in the production of literary meaning? How are literary works related to culture and society and how do they reflect–and reflect on–questions of value and the diversity of human experience?

In our class, we’ll read Mary Shelley’s iconic 1818 novel, Frankenstein, and various creative and expressive works related to it, including poems, dramatic and filmic adaptations, as well as digital hypertexts and comics, works produced from the Romantic period to the present day. We’ll also attend a live workshop performance of a new stage production, All Girl Frankenstein.

Grades will be determined approximately as follows:

* class participation and attendance at film
screenings and the theater workshop ……………. 20 %
* short essays (blog posts) ……………………… 30 %
* midterm ……………………………………. 10 %
* final exam ……………………………………. 15 %
* final slideshow presentation …………………….. 25 %

Readings are in the Broadview edition of Frankenstein (3rd edn.), by volume and chapter number, unless otherwise indicated.

SCHEDULE

JANUARY
15 INTRODUCTION
17 A multimedia monster

22 Frankenstein I.Preface, Letters 1-4
24 Frankenstein I.1-2

29 Frankenstein I. 3-5
31 Frankenstein I. 6-7

FEBRUARY
5 Frankenstein II.1-2
7 Frankenstein II. 3-5

12 Frankenstein II.6-7
14 Frankenstein II.8-9

19 Frankenstein III.1-2
21 Frankenstein III.3-4

26 Frankenstein III.5-7
28 P. B. Shelley, “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”

MARCH
4-9 SPRING BREAK

12 Byron, “Prometheus”
14 MIDTERM

19 Bride of Frankenstein (re-read III.3)
21 Peake, Presumption
(All Girl Frankenstein, 3/25 7 PM)

26 Appendix A
28 Appendix B

APRIL
2 Appendix C (including excerpt from Milton, Paradise Lost)
4 Appendix D (reception)

9 Edison Studios film
11 James Whale film

16 presentations
18 presentatoins

23 presentations
25 presentations

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